Sunday, April 10, 2016


Defined by the Accident, 2013

Series Title: Proposition Four – Heads Will Roll
Number of artworks at AIPAD: 1
Edition: 5 + 1AP
Size: 45” x 35” image on 49” x 39” sheet
Medium: Archival Pigment Print
Year: 2013

The Proposition Four: Heads Will Roll series examines the non-stop, daily flood of images that impact peoples' thoughts, memories, desires, dreams – even the very concept of reality. At a time of accelerated technological change, Max de Esteban layers and flattens multiple images into a final image, utilizing digital tools to present a cacophony of information, that is at once dense with information yet visually legible.

"Part of what de Esteban is doing here is unpacking the structural foundations of what a photograph has historically been and how it has functioned, and rebuilding those assumptions from the ground up with a different kind of digital existence in mind. Instead of photography being rooted in documentation, or inspiration, or some definition of “truth”, de Esteban is putting re-interpretation and re-translation at the forefront of the digital now, with a distinct and deliberate emphasis on the re-. What the source files meant in their original or archival context isn’t important – it’s how they have been reassembled to generate an evolved harmony (or dissonance) of new allusions, references, hints, and perceived memories".—Loring Knoblauch, Collector Daily. 

This series is the subject of the monograph, 'Heads Will Roll', published by Hatze Cantz in 2014, and was featured in a solo exhibition at the Klompching Gallery in September 2015. The photographs are currently exhibited at the FotoFest 2016 Biennale in Houston. 

Additional Edition: 25” x 19” image on 28” x 22” sheet, 5+1AP. 

Max de Esteban holds graduate degrees from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya and Stanford University, as well as a PhD from the Universitat Ramon Llull. He is a former Fulbright Scholar, and his photographs have been exhibited throughout Europe. Collections holding his work includes the Deutsches Technik Museum (Berlin). He lives and works in Barcelona, Spain.

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