Lot 49
Melissa Catanese

Untitled (The Lottery)

2020
Pigment prints mounted on archival board
Various
Signed sticker on verso
Edition 1/1 and 1 artist's Proof
Donated by the artist
$500-900

This image belongs to Melissa Catanese’s ongoing series, The Lottery. Sharing its title with the celebrated short story by Shirley Jackson, the fictional tale and Catanese’s series both contain themes of anxiety, fear, isolation, violence, and the myth of populism. Here, Catanese shows us unknown figures, struggling to climb a giant sand dune, dwarfed by its size. In a second image, rocky debris slides down a reddish cliffside, slowly collecting at the base of the cliff. Catanese is the author of several photobooks, is cofounder of the independent photobook store Spaces Corners, and is currently a professor in the Department of Art at the University of Pittsburgh.

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