Lives and works in Buenos Aires
Since 2006, Guillermo Faivovich (b. 1977, Buenos Aires) and Nicolás Goldberg (b. 1978, Paris) have been engaged in an intensive and wide-ranging research project—A Guide to El Campo del Cielo—that forms the basis of their practice. El Campo del Cielo is located in northern Argentina and was the site of a meteor shower an estimated 4,000 years ago. Faivovich & Goldberg combine the roles of scientist, historian, and anthropologist to realize projects that offer new ways of seeing and experiencing the terrestrial results of a long ago cosmic event, as well as thinking about its historical and cultural significance. Over more than a decade, the duo have produced a diverse body of work that includes installations, sculptures, publications, as well as videos and photographs. In 2010, the artists created an exhibition that brought together two halves of El Taco, a meteorite from El Campo del Cielo, that had been separated for nearly 45 years, llowing visitors to walk through and around the reunited masses. More recently, they have used microphotography to produce images of thinly sliced sections of a meteorite that reveal dazzling, multi-colored silicate inclusions. Laboriously mining the particularities of a singular event, Faivovich & Goldberg illuminate broadly resonant themes—the dynamics between an object and its documentation, the inherent complexities of institutional histories, and the complicated personal, cultural, and national relationships that develop with artifacts.