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Guillermo Faivovich & Nicolás Goldberg | El Taco

September 15, 2011

Four thousand years ago a 1,998 kg meteorite fragment, older than Earth itself, fell from the Asteroid Belt into a region of Northern Argentina named Pinguem Nonraltá, which means Field of the Sky.  In 1962 the meteorite was sent to the Smithsonian inWashington,DCand then in 1965 moved to the Max Planck Institute inMainz, where it was measured, documented and eventually sliced in half.  One half was returned toArgentina, where it has remained on public display since and other was sent back to DC where it was promptly placed in deep storage. 

 Artists Guillermo Faivovich & Nicolás Goldberg stumbled upon one half of the celestial object, thickly coated in anticorrosion paint, and sitting in a Buenos Airesgarden just outside of the Galileo Galilei planetarium.  Their curosity piqued, the artists began a world wide search for the other half.  That undertaking resulted in a detailed account of the object’s terrestrial history, a book titled The Campo del Cielo Meteorites – Vol. 1 El Taco, published on the occasion of the exhibition of both halves of the extraterrestrial rock. 

 Once reunited, the artists placed the two halves directly across from one other on the gallery floor, one half, which had been displayed out of doors, is smooth, non-reflective and the color of oxidized blood, the opposite, which remained in deep storage at the Smithsonian Institute, is jagged and reflective grey.

The exhibition and companion text elicit questions of institutional responsibility, the classification of an art object versus a scientific sample, scientific developments, methods of exhibition and ever-changing international politics and relations. 

Guillermo Faivovich and Nicholas Goldberg | El Taco


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