Novella, English, 120 pages
Digital offset print, monochrome, perfect binding
First edition, 2017
The Sickness is a multi-part work of fiction by Berlin-based artist Ciarán Walsh. Set in a near future world troubled by a mysterious pandemic, it uses this literary laboratory to explore psychological, sociological and philosophical themes. Book One concerns itself with the story of Alex Madden, an actor whose productions are haunted by the ghost of his younger brother. Madden flees through the pages of the book, scrambling for answers, and pursued by the idea of his brother's ghost.
The Sickness, Book One is published by TFGC Publishing, (Berlin/Düsseldorf, Germany), and was initially commissioned for the exhibition "Into the Mu" at Kunsthalle Bratislava (Slovakia), curated by Elisa Rusca.