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Copper Plate Artifact Found at Moche, Peru Excavation (R1/-)

Copper Plate Artifact Found at Moche, Peru Excavation (R1/-)

1999

Patrick Nagatani

(American, 1945-2017)

Chromogenic (Fujicolor Crystal Archive) print

Image: 18.1 x 23.8 cm (7 1/8 x 9 3/8 in.); Paper: 20.2 x 25.3 cm (7 15/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

Gift of George Stephanopoulos 2011.297

Description

Which is more useful to humanity: fact or myth, science or faith? This question is central to the saga
imagined and brought to life by Nagatani of the archeological explorations led by the artist’s alter
ego, Japanese scientist Ryoichi. Traveling the globe between 1985 and 2000, Ryoichi’s team locates
and documents 13 of 30 archeological sites, each of which contains a remarkably well-preserved,
low-mileage automobile that must have been buried there centuries earlier. Photographs, stills from
video documentation, artifacts, and pages from Ryoichi’s journal serve as scientific "proof" that
time may not be linear. "If fiction has given more to us than fact, then this is the greatest truth," writes
Ryoichi/Nagatani in his journal at the thirteenth and final site.

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