Born in Washington DC and raised in the Mississippi Delta, Kathleen Robbins received her BA from Millsaps College and her MFA from the University of New Mexico. Her photographs have been exhibited in venues such as The Light Factory Museum of Contemporary Photography & Film, Rayko Gallery, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. She is represented by Jennifer Schwartz Gallery in Atlanta. In 2011, she was the recipient of the PhotoNOLA Review Prize. She currently resides in Columbia, SC, where she is an associate professor of art, coordinator of the photography program and affiliate faculty of southern studies at the University of South Carolina.
Richard Ansett's images are in permanent and private collections including the National Portrait Galleries of London, Canada, Smithsonian, Washington DC, Bibliotheque Nationale de France and Musee de la Photographie, Belgium. In 2011 his images were part of major collaborative exhibitions in New York, Japan, Canada, London, Paris and Philadelphia; he received the gold award at Prix de la Photographie, Paris for the series The Big Society. He is guest reviewer for the World Photography Organization '12 and curating a major lens based fine art show I Love You in London in 2012. His Hospital Gardens series will be exhibited in Ukraine in June.
In 1962 a farmer in northern Argentina discovered a 2-ton meteor fragment in his field. A joint US-Argentine scientific team obtained the hunk of metal and proceeded to split the thing in two. Since then one half has sat at the entrance to Buenos Aires’ Planetarium while the other half has been in storage with the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.
Last year Argentine artists Guillermo Faivovich and Nicolas Goldberg reunited the two pieces at an exhibition in Germany. A catalog accompanying the exhibition was published by Hanje Catze. It contains photographs from the original scientific expedition, as well as photos by Faivovich and Goldberg of the two halves in their current states. It’s sort of like Evidence meets a Tale of Two Cities; one half sits in a pristine scientific warehouse in the 1st world while the other endures pigeon shit and the antics of school children on field trips to the Planetarium.
Here’s a link to an interview of the artists in Spanish. Reuniting the two halves of El Taco took four years involving five agencies in two countries. The true work of art is the artists’ deft leaping through many bureaucratic hula-hoops in order to bring these two halves together.
The Argentine half of El Taco is now back at the Planetarium. Here’s a couple of pictures I took recently.