In April 2013, photographers Nico Krebs and Taiyo Onorato, who have
been working together for a dozen years, loaded up their 1987 Toyota
Land Cruiser in Switzerland and headed east. They’d already roughly
traced their route by running a finger across the map of Eurasia to
their ultimate destination, Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia. It felt
like setting forth on an expedition to the mystical realms of the East:
Eurasia, Central Asia, the foothills of the Himalayas, the forests of
Siberia, the Stan Republics, the gigantic expanse of the former Soviet
Union. A vast land mass, very few images of which are lodged in our
minds, at least no clear and well-defined images, rather a haze of
history and global politics. Nico Krebs and Taiyo Onorato went out in
search of these images, to reproduce them, and to create them
Continental Drift is a travel log straddling the fine line between documentation and fiction about unknown lands, their possible past and conjectured future. It relates encounters with the utterly bizarre and inaccessibly alien, as well as with a remarkable openness and lavish hospitality they’d never known before, in striking contrast to their previous trip across the United States (The Great Unreal, now in its third edition at Edition Patrick Frey).
Many of the countries and regions they traversed are in the throes of upheaval, caught between thousand-year-old traditions and post-Communist history and geopolitics, religious, territorial and ethnic turmoil, and the spreading desire to jump on the bandwagon of global turbocapitalism. The search for identity here is palpable – a search, along with the attendant confusion, graphically depicted in Continental Drift.
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