"It is a photographic novel that weaves together literature and photography, inviting the reader to free-fall through the life, dreams, and memories of its faulted protagonist."
Artist: Max Ferguson
Book published by Oval Press
We follow him back to a small village in rural France, apparently devoid of life, where he struggles to write, smokes too much weed, and comes to terms with his isolation and insomnia. What is he running from and why did he turn up in the small village in the middle of nowhere unannounced? Deadfall continues Ferguson’s experimental approach to making pictures, writing text and publishing books. The line between truth, ction, memoir, fantasy is not always clear.
‘He smoked two for every one of mine, although I tried to keep up, and he must have been fifty years older. Today he asks me slowly if I’m leaving again soon. I say nothing and light a cigarette. Can I finish smoking this without answering? It’s not an easy question I say, which is met with more silence. We both know I’m avoiding the reason I arrived unannounced in the night so long ago.’ – Deadfall
Abandoned swimming pools, wintery forests and deserted houses become the landscape for Ferguson’s fragmented writing. Memories are lost within the present and short phrases are given as much signicance on the page as photographs. The photographs too are fractured and sometimes in the pictures and words we see things recur.
© Max Ferguson
Curator / Editor : Ecaterina Rusu