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Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs
The Swiss duo artist Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs travels to destinations that they have imagined. During the long travelling route they document elements that they discover. ‘The Great Unreal’are a series of photographs that are based on their road trip through the United States. Here, the photographs are distorted with particular elements encountered during their journey. They ask questions on travel such as what the world would actually look like, what kind of images are the ones that make it back home, and how one feels to travel long distances by land rather than faster transport.
“We live our lives in the belief that the world is growing ever smaller. We eat vegetables from New Zealand, communicate in real time with people in Buenos Aires and Capetown, fly to New York for the weekend, and print books in China. We no longer have a feeling for real distances anymore. Our western world is plugged in 24 hours a day. Looking out of a jumbo jet, we see mountains and steppes, fields and villages passing by, 11 kilometers below us. Families live in each little building, and vehicles full of people move along the streets. Each of these people lives an individual life; each has a certain view of the landscape and a history.
A dizzying thought. One closes one’s eyes; the sheer dimension of the idea is too immense. What does our world look like actually? How does one cross the planet’s largest landmass? What kinds of images are the ones that make it back home? How does it feel to travel 15,000 kilometers by land, instead of taking the shortcut via the jet stream or fiber-optic cables?” (Onorato & Krebs)
The Great Unreal, are a series of photographs that are based on their road trip through the US, which the artists subsequently distorted beyond recognition in their studio.