“Falling down” can refer as much to objects falling to the ground as to the (mental) loss of bodily control. In eight variations, Hubbard / Birchler show a more or less clearly defined gender-specific sequence of images of falling objects. The stylization of the frozen moment points to the now mythical (albeit real) capacity of photography to capture the so-called decisive split-second. Falling Down, 1996, monumentalizes precisely this moment in the passing gesture. The falling bank-notes, shoes and so on stand out from the background by virtue of their different degree of ‘reality’, yet are connected intimately with that same background on a causal level and offer the viewer a moment of narrative.
Excerpt from ‘At the Limits of Photography’ by Philipp Kaiser, Curator Kunstmuseum Basel, Museum für Gegenwartskunst