Falling Away

Falling Away


In 2021, Falling Away was staged in the University of Westminster’s exhibition space, Ambika P3, inspired by and in connection to the research by David Deriu into the phenomenon, experience and metaphor of vertigo in the city and society. The exhibition was the first retrospective of the artist Catherine Yass, and presented a number of vertiginous film installations from the past two decades of her extensive body of work.

I was commissioned to design the book created in response to the exhibition, comprising essays by art writers, historians and critics as well as by the exhibition’s curators, reflecting on the subjects and tacit commentary of Yass’s works. The films staged portray architecture in a state of construction, abandonment or demolition, provoking thoughts about the conditions of social and psychological instability in which we currently live.

Printing proof files of the exhibition book Falling Away
Falling Away Exhibition book spread

Working with the artist and curators, I designed the book in response to the specific format of Yass’s film works to best present still freeze frames from the works, alongside the essays about each film. Supporting the curators, I copyedited and proofread the material, and liaised with the printers to ensure the finished book was produced to the correct standards and delivered on time. Created in connection to Deriu’s research, the book has been made available online.

Falling Away - Exhibition book - Davide Deriu introduction Falling Away – Exhibition book – Davide Deriu introduction