Max de Esteban: Heads Will Roll (Hatje Cantz, 2014)

Max de Esteban (* 1959 in Barcelona) is an artist working mostly in photography and video whose work is best known for his examination of the human condition under a technological regime.

His work has been the subject of four monographs: Twenty Red Lights (La Fábrica, 2017); Propositions (La Fabrica, 2015); Heads will Roll (Hatje Cantz, 2014) and Elegies of Manumission (Nazraeli, 2012).


The compelling photographs of Max de Esteban’s se­ries Propositions pose uncomfortable questions. In Proposition One, translucent X-ray images magnify mechanical devices that have become outdated, al­though they continue to function perfectly according to their purpose. In Proposition Three, de Esteban (* 1959 in Barcelona) examines the cold, gray inner life of cell phones or tablets and the increasing enmesh­ment of the body and digital technology. In Heads Will Roll, part four of the series, the artist uses seduc­tive photo collages made of film stills, flower photos, and fragments of text to convey the essence of the parameters that are penetrated by the postmodern patchwork of our lives.

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Publisher: Hatje Cantz