A strange and provocative fine-art tarot from collaborative duo Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick, featuring a cast of carnivalesque characters.
In the Carnival at the End of the World Tarot, the four alchemical elements of earth, air, fire and water feature heavily in their corresponding minor arcana suits, demonstrating “the impact of climate change amid sinking islands, arsenals of armaments, blazing forests, and melting icecaps.” This tarot deck builds on earlier Khan & Selesnick projects exploring climate change and environmental devastation.
The tarot also includes six ‘bonus images’, creating an 84-card deck. The deck is printed on high quality playing card stock with curved corners for maximum durability.
“As long as people have been using Tarot cards for divination, its symbolism and methodologies have evolved to keep time with societal change. Carnival at the End of the World Tarot keeps to the Rider-Waite-Smith nomenclature and numbering for the major arcana and also presents pictorial scenes and similar suits for the pip cards for the minor arcana, but its iconography and interpretive values are appropriate to our own uncertain times.
Carnival at the End of the World Tarot is a contemporary tarot deck, a loose-leaf Book of Fate summoned from the same mythologies we have been exploring in our recent photographs, paintings and book project. In 2006, our multimedia project Eisbergfreistadt included a poker deck that when laid out in a long line, revealed a panoramic narrative of climate change and environmental devastation. In 2017, as the stakes of the Great Game have grown greater and the Anthropocene has exponentially brought change and chaos to many lives around the world, we have moved from making cards for jovial pastimes to those for divination: the Tarot, which in its traditional uses has been consulted to forecast disaster, anticipate risk, and navigate life-choices through backstage access to the Unseen.
However, worry not if you don’t wish to dabble in sortilege and oracular query to peruse a glimpse of what the future may have in store for you – you may also ruminate upon the cards one by one in a linear fashion, and meditate upon the views from the Fool’s Journey as one would read a Pilgrim’s Progress; or, just as seekers and wanderers once stowed painted icons and gilded relics in the pockets of their cloaks, the Tarot can be a portable trove of mystifying talismanic images to accompany, inspire and entertain you on your own peregrinations.”
– Creators Kahn & Selesnick
This is the commercial edition of the deck.
- 84-card deck: 78 tarot cards following the traditional tarot sequence, plus six additional character cards, printed on high quality playing card stock with curved corners for maximum durability.
- Presented in a high-quality custom tuck-box with colourful harlequin design
Madam Lulu’s Book of Fate: A guidebook is also available, which can be purchased separately from Blurb, here.