The work of Argentine photographer Leandro Katz is presented here in dialogue with the nineteenth-century artist Frederick Catherwood, whose images of Maya ruins have fascinated viewers for more than a century. Catherwood's daguerreotypes and sketches, originally published to illustrate the travel narratives of John Lloyd Stephens, are among the most accurate depictions of important Maya sites before the advent of modern archaeology. Katz's photos of the same sites, most of which are previously unpublished, are presented alongside Jesse Lerner's essay, which explores their connections to the history of archaeology, their resonance in contemporary art, and the evolution of an artist who seamlessly integrates form and content.
"By using The Catherwood Project series as its central point, this book gives an excellent overview of Leandro Katz's work, putting in context and analyzing his interest in writing systems, the Mayan culture, and issues of representation. A seminal conceptual artist from Latin America, Leandro Katz's complex production is explored in this book by utilizing a multidisciplinary approach that reveals the intricate aspects of his work."--Idurre Alonso, Getty Research Institute
"The first in-depth study of Katz's extraordinary artworks that explore the history, archaeology, and artifacts of the Maya areas of Central America and Mexico. Working across a range of art forms including photography, film, and sculpture, Katz has created some of the most complex and beautiful works that explore the enigmatic history of that mythic lost culture. Artist and scholar Jesse Lerner illuminates these landmark works with lucid and historically informed analysis that brings Leandro Katz's artistic practice into dialogue with ancient and modern Mayan history and contemporary media art."--Jeffrey Skoller, University of California, Berkeley
List of Illustrations
Chapter One. Departures
Chapter Two. Of Moons and Alphabets
Chapter Three. The Travels of Stephens and Catherwood
Chapter Four. Between Stasis and Motion