In Vino Veritas

Maya: No, I… I like to think about the life of wine.

Miles: Yeah.

Maya: How it’s a living thing. I like to think about what was going on the year the grapes were growing; how the sun was shining; if it rained. I like to think about all the people who tended and picked the grapes. And if it’s an old wine, how many of them must be dead by now. I like how wine continues to evolve, like if I opened a bottle of wine today it would taste different than if I’d opened it on any other day, because a bottle of wine is actually alive. And it’s constantly evolving and gaining complexity. That is, until it peaks, like your ’61. And then it begins its steady, inevitable decline.

Miles: Hmm.

Maya: And it tastes so fucking good.

Sideways (2004)


In Vino Veritas is a body of work resulting from two artist residencies that took place during the September-October harvests of 2010 and 2011 at Château du Perron, an organic vineyard near Chinon in the Loir et Cher region of France.

In 2012 the work was exhibited at ARThouse in Lewisham as part of the Deptford Art Walks programme and at Espace Beaujon in Paris as part of Mois de la Photo-OFF, and in 2013 was shown again in London at Truman Brewery during RAW Fair. The work was also published by Wideyed Editions as a newsprint catalogue.