Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xiv

This book centers on The Catherwood Project by Leandro Katz as a point of reference for a dialogue between the artist and the writer, held over years of friendship, meetings, parties, and laughter, while searching to place a common passion for ancient cultures in the context of contemporary art. The result of over a decade of travel and work for the photographer/artist, and of a considerably shorter—though...

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1. Departures

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pp. 1-4

The culture of the ancient Maya and their descendants represents an enduring interest for the artist, filmmaker, and poet Leandro Katz. For him, the representation of this ancient Mesoamerican people and their civilization’s changing image in the Western imagination are a way to interrogate intellectual history, neo-colonialism, cross-cultural misunderstandings, and the many resonances of...

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2. Of Moons and Alphabets

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pp. 5-18

Beyond his teaching position at the School of Visual Arts, Katz’s is clearly neither an archaeologist’s nor an academic’s scholarly approach to ancient Mesoamerica, but rather that of a poet and a conceptual artist. His engagement with the ruins, not surprisingly, begins by asking different sorts of questions than those an archaeologist would ask and, as we shall see, yields very different results. The artist playfully...

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3. The Travels of Stephens and Catherwood

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pp. 19-88

The ancient Maya ruins and a pioneering pair of nineteenth-century explorers who brought them to widespread attention are the twin points of focus for Leandro Katz’s later series, The Catherwood Project. This photographic essay brings the nineteenth-century steel engravings of the English artist and illustrator (and pioneering archaeological photographer) Frederick Catherwood into dialogue with...

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4. Between Stasis and Motion

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pp. 89-110

Six years after completing the initial series of images that comprise The Catherwood Project, Katz returned to the Maya ruins with the experimental documentary Paradox. This half-hour video is woven together from three principal elements. The first of these, and the most predominant, is the extensive footage documenting the raising, harvesting, washing, processing, packaging, and loading for export of bananas...

Notes

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pp. 111-116

Bibliography

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pp. 117-120

Index

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pp. 121-128

Copyright

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pp. 129-130