Size: 20 x 27 cm (approx.)
Softcover, design by Michaël Snitker, text by Sanne Peper, with a long short story by Jim White
This publication is part of a larger work in progress. It’s the provisional outcome of a project that has taken quite a while to find its final destination. I tend to do that – I read, research and photograph a subject so extensively that it becomes a challenge to distinguish its essentials. Like with kudzu, an invasive vine that covers large parts of the southern states and kills everything in its path, I get entangled in an information overload.
So, in addition to 102 photographs, both in color and black and white, written observations by me and rather a long short story by musician Jim White about Glossolalia I have accumulated quite a large collection of artifacts. Next to 19th century mourning covers, old photo postcards and press pictures depicting Martin Luther King, the KKK and religious subjects I have found beautiful mourning garments, (parts of) dead animals, and mammy dolls. I have racist and Confederate stuff. I even own a vinyl record of the evangelist Jimmy Swaggart that he named “The Plague”.
The book project Due to Lack of Interest Tomorrow Has Been Cancelled deals with the universal fear of dying and with our desire to understand and bridge the gap between ourselves and the unknown. We try to fill this potentially dangerous conceptual void with — amongst several other things — storytelling, science, art and religion. I use some of these to try to comprehend and make visible something fictional and immaterial. To me it all makes sense, in an irrational way. But after all the Deep South is not a rational place...
The graphic design is modernistic and understated, to complement my Romantic, subjective and gritty photography.
The book is published by publishing house Lecturis, it will be presented at the Unseen Photography Fair in Amsterdam, distributed internationally by Idea books and has been funded by the Mondriaan Fund.