essays 2017-05-10T15:48:24+00:00

ESSAYS & SELECTED REVIEWS

SILO DREAMS
By Paul Wombell

To be published in Binary Code, 2017

Silos teeming with corn, wheat or soybeans become death traps when grain cascades out of control, asphyxiating or crushing their victims…

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SYNTHETIC COLOURS
By Franco “BIFO” Berardi

To be published in Twenty Red Lights, 2017

The world may be viewed as the sphere of intersection of countless psycho-dynamic trajectories of imagination and projection…

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BRAVE NEW WORLD REDUX
By Michel Feher

To be published in Twenty Red Lights, 2017

On first analysis, our brave new capitalist world can be traced to Milton Friedman’s pronouncement quoted below and drawn...

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INTERVIEW
By Zone Zero

Reprinted from Zone Zero, August 2016

Appropriation and remix have a long artistic tradition, beginning with Picasso’s collages. As early as the 1920s…

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MULTILAYERED WORKS
By Pavel Banka

Reprinted from Fotofest Biennal, 2016

The work of Max de Esteban made a strong impression on me the very first time I came across it. Formally, his photographs evoked the work of Robert Heinecken…

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ABOUT THE COVER
By Lyle Rexer

Reprinted from Photograph Magazine, 2015

Like a fault line in the surface of appearances, photo collage opens up in periods of social stress and political obfuscation…

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THE SINGULAR OBJECTIVE
By Valentin Roma

Reprinted from Propositions, La Fabrica, 2015

When we look at a photograph two doubts suddenly arise: Where are we looking at it from? What discourses might enable us to read it?…

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INTERVIEW
By Archivo Magazine

Reprinted from Archivo Magazine, September 2015

Since I was a child I am passionately interested in art. I think I was thirteen when I first saw photos…

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IN CHIAROSCURO
By Rafael Argullol

Reprinted from Propositions, La Fabrica, 2015

If I had to summarize Max de Esteban’s latest work in a single phrase, I would write: “unsettling interlude.” This is the predominant sensation…

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HEADS WILL ROLL Review
By William Meyers

Reprinted from The Wall Street Journal, 2015

Max de Esteban, born in Barcelona in 1959 and educated at Stanford University, is a peculiarly protean artist: His first major body of work…

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HEADS WILL ROLL Review
By Loring Knoblauch

Reprinted from Collector Daily, 2015

As its title implies, Max de Esteban’s new series Heads Will Roll isn’t wildly optimistic about the future of humanity. His densely layered and atmospheric…

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THE ENTRAILS OF THE SOUL
By Félix de Azúa

Reprinted from Propositions, La Fabrica, 2015

Is it possible to see the soul of a dead machine? I believe so; or at least I hold that we can try to get a glimpse at what in principle is invisible…

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THE QUESTION CONCERNING WHAT IS FLUID AND UNSTABLE
By Laura González Flores

Reprinted from Propositions, La Fabrica, 2015

There are two types of images that allow us to understand photography. For one, there are those whose…

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PHOTOCAPITALISM IS AMONG US
By Carles Guerra

Reprinted from Heads will Roll, Hatje Cantz, 2014

The current debate on photography is about to eliminate the remains of a practice that, since the nineteenth century…

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INTERESTING TIMES, INDEED!
By Bill Kouwenhoven

Reprinted from Heads will Roll, Hatje Cantz, 2014

It is taken as gospel truth that there is an ancient Chinese curse, perhaps dating to the era of Warring States of about 475 BC to 221 BC…

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