Across the Park, 1975
Diptych, B&W photograph, silver print, framed 84,4 x 77,4 cm each
Edition of 3 (+ 1 A.P.)
With his Mysteries series of photographic diptychs from the 70’s showing the tragic moment either before or after an act of violence or crime, Mac Adams introduced an element of uncertainty. By virtue of his status as a false witness, its capacity to gather clues, but also because of the uncanniness it produces, photography was the ideal candidate to show crime and perhaps, too, its author and victim. Mac Adams invites the viewer to investigate, placing before them the protagonists, the murder weapon and the scene. Yet the photographic image seems utterly incapable of representing a straightforward truth. it may deliver information, but interpretation is another matter altogether. “The detective is constantly trying to capture, master and understand the dark and irrational creative side of a personality. I think that in the end all serious art becomes self examination and a kind of self-medication in an increasingly fragmented and alienated world”. Whereas the parable of the investigation is used as a mode of operation for making and reading photography, the diffracted image of a shattered mirror -simultaneously distancing and bringing closer the idea of death- is a metaphor for the meanders of the unconscious.