(b. 1938 in Buenos Aires, Argentina)
The Catherwood Project reflects Katz’s engagement with Mayan culture and concern about the consequences of colonialism and neocolonialism, issues he also explored in earlier works. Retracing the steps of John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood on their expeditions to the Yucatán in the mid-nineteenth century, Katz photographed ancient Mayan ruins from the vantage points of Catherwood’s drawings (known to him via engraved reproductions). Katz appropriates the role of observer and surveyor of lands to be exploited and colonized, but also that of the archaeologist, who discloses layers of time and change.