Night of the Hunted by Matt Henry. First edition (2018). First impression. Large format hardback in new condition. Signed by Matt Henry to title page. No markings. This is a brand new book. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
About Night of the Hunted
“I’ve spent the last two years in the Deep South of America making three fictional southern gothic stories in three different U.S states: Louisiana, Texas, and Georgia. These will make up my second book, ‘Night of the Hunted,’ which will consist of 78 images, an essay, and three short stories. All three draw on American history in the mid-1960s as well as the literary genre of southern gothic itself.
Each of the three stories is carefully storyboarded image by image. My artistic practice involves working with a cast of actors for whom I provide a character backstory as well as scene by scene plot. I use period clothes, make-up and hair, and build sets, as well as using locations that I find on road trips or via a film locations scout.”
About Matt Henry
Matt Henry makes fictional narratives set in the Mid-century era. The narratives comprise a sequence of photographs staged across set-builds and dressed locations. Each is storyboarded and typically features a cast of actors styled and directed by the artist. Henry’s production process shares elements with traditional film making, including casting, location scouting, lighting and set design, props and costume, and the use of period hair and makeup. The stories have been described as ‘stills from a movie that was never made.’
The work seeks not to emulate or comment on the medium of film making, but rather to use the sequenced still image as a storytelling medium in its own right. Henry’s stories explore his ongoing fascination with the Mid-century period and often feature recurring interests, including: the Sixties as unresolved political flashpoint; the counterculture, psychedelics, and social change; dream states and visions of utopia/dystopia; as well as themes relating to race and gender.
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