Jan 11, 2012

Artifact 20:2 1994 R20/=+ Artifact 21:5 1994 R21/=+

Artifact 20:2 1994 R20/=+ Artifact 21:5 1994 R21/=+

2001

Patrick Nagatani

(American, 1945–2017)

Gelatin silver print

Paper: 20.2 x 25.2 cm (7 15/16 x 9 15/16 in.); right image: 15 x 11.1 cm (5 7/8 x 4 3/8 in.); left image: 15 x 11.1 cm (5 7/8 x 4 3/8 in.)

Gift of George Stephanopoulos 2011.304

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Which is more useful to humanity: fact or myth, science or faith? This question is central to the saga imagined and brought to life by Nagatani of the archeological explorations led by the artist’s alter ego, Japanese scientist Ryoichi. Traveling the globe between 1985 and 2000, Ryoichi’s team locates and documents 13 of 30 archeological sites, each of which contains a remarkably well-preserved, low-mileage automobile that must have been buried there centuries earlier. Photographs, stills from video documentation, artifacts, and pages from Ryoichi’s journal serve as scientific "proof" that time may not be linear. "If fiction has given more to us than fact, then this is the greatest truth," writes Ryoichi/Nagatani in his journal at the thirteenth and final site.

See also
Department: 
Photography
Type of artwork: 
Photograph

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