// TONK IN EURASIA //
“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. Our western world is plugged in 24 hours a day… How does our world look in actuality?… 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)
Swiss duo TAIYO ONORATO & NICO KREBS takes us on a road trip to the East. Their journey took off in Switzerland and led them across the Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Mongolia, virgin territories barely known to Westerners. Using large-format analog cameras and 16mm film, Onorato & Krebs playfully draw on the myth of the road trip and the exoticism of the East. Travel becomes an experimental process resulting in images blending reportage with staged intervention. In a grotesque manner, the idea of something is as prominent as its reality.
(Photos ttb: Well, 2013, C-Print, 173 x 127 cm, © Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs, Courtesy RaebervonStenglin, Sies+Höke und Peter Lav Gallery; Sea Division, 2013, Silver Gelatin Print, 169 x 123 cm, © Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs, Courtesy RaebervonStenglin, Sies+Höke und Peter Lav Gallery)
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