Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs

Artist Name

Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs

Residency Program Title

KAUST-Swiss Residency Exchange

Residency Program




Institute Lab Title

Red Sea Research Center

Artistic Background

Photography, Sculpture, Installation, Publishing

Scientific Discipline

Marine Science



Taiyo & Nico




Swiss artists Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs (both born in 1979) have been working together as a duo since they first met at Zurich University of the Arts in 2003. Their diverse projects are evolving around photography, also involving sculpture, installation, film and book publishing. Their work has been shown internationally in many galleries and cultural institutions, among them solo shows at MoMA PS1 NYC, Kunsthalle Mainz, Foam Amsterdam, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Kunsthaus Aarau, CAC Cincinnati, Swiss Institute NY, LeBal Paris and KINDL Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin.

"For Taiyo & Nico, photography is more about asking questions than finding answers. Their extensive journeys are motivated by socio-political and environmental interests, as they confront preconceptions, mythologies, and the impossibility of conveying physical and emotional experiences using conventional documentary methodologies. Expanding the trope of the photographic road trip, they cultivate experimental strategies to interpret the places they visit and construct narratives. The duo’s explorations focus on capturing regions in a state of transition, resulting in unique photographic cartographies grounded by the medium’s analogue traditions." Bonnie Rubenstein