Lisa Ross

Black Garden (Crib and Twigs) (2009)

152 x 102 cm (print)

Framed, Archival Pigment Print on Cotton Paper

SOLD

Black Garden (Crib with Door) (2009)

152 x 102 cm (print)

Framed, Archival Pigment Print on Cotton Paper

£4,455

Unrevealed, Site 3 (Shrine) (2009)

71 x 107 cm (print)

Framed, Archival Pigment Print on Cotton Paper

£3,645

Fertility (2006)

71 x 107 cm (print)

Archival Pigment Print on Cotton Paper, Mounted on Aluminium

£3,645

Black Garden (Single Twig) (2009)

56 x 84 cm

Framed, Archival Pigment Print on Cotton Paper

SOLD

Unrevealed, Site 3 (Tall Shrine with Footprints) (2009)

102 x 152 cm (print)

Framed, Archival Pigment Print on Cotton Paper

£4,455

Black Garden (An Offering) (2009)

152 x 102 cm (print)

Framed, Archival Pigment Print on Cotton Paper

£4,455

Black Garden (Path) (2009)

152 x 102 cm (print)

Framed, Archival Pigment Print on Cotton Paper

£4,455

Unrevealed, Site 1 (Adorned) (2006)

84 x 56 cm (print)

Framed, Archival Pigment Print on Cotton Paper

£2,800

Unrevealed, Site 3 (Ladder) (2009)

71 x 107 cm (print)

Framed, Archival Pigment Print on Cotton Paper

£3,645

Unrevealed, Site 9 (Hilltop Markers) (2009)

107 x 71 cm (print)

Framed, Archival Pigment Print on Cotton Paper

£3,645

Unrevealed, Site 12 (Bricks with Muslin)

152 x 102 cm (print)

Framed, Archival Pigment Print on Cotton Paper

£4,455

Unrevealed, Site 20 (Sun Ray on Saint’s Tomb) (2010)

152 x 102 cm (print)

Framed, Archival Pigment Print on Cotton Paper

SOLD

Unrevealed, Site 11 (Golden Tomb) (2009)

84 x 56 cm (print)

Framed, Archival Pigment Print on Cotton Paper

£2,800

Unrevealed, Site 8 (Remembrance) (2009)

152 x 102 cm (print)

Framed, Archival Pigment Print on Cotton Paper

£4455

All prints (except where indicated) are Archival Pigment Prints on Cotton Paper, Framed.

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These photographs draw on Ross’s comprehensive body of work Living Shrines. They were exhibited at Argentea Gallery in 2019 under the title Perishing Shrines, re-presented at an acute time in global history where systematic campaigns of ethnic and religious oppression are widespread. Since 2002 New York based artist Lisa Ross travelled to the Taklamakan Desert in Xinjiang, western China to photograph the holy sites of its indigenous Muslim Uyghur population. Dotted throughout the bland, sparse landscape were humble shrines constructed from bare tree branches, twigs and sticks staked vertically in the ground, their only adornment brightly coloured scraps of cloth. For centuries, these shrines (mazârs) had been sites of pilgrimages by the Sufis, followers of the mystical form of Islam, who would leave small devotional offerings as a gesture of their worship. These sacred markers, whether burial sites of Sufi saints or points of convergence for worshippers to communicate personal prayers, were the manifestation of ancient, spiritual ritual where thousands of Uyghur Muslims would come seeking healing, fertility and absolution.

Over the course of her visits to Xinjiang, Ross has witnessed the escalating repression of a whole Muslim population by the Chinese authorities under the pretext of containing religious extremism. It has since been reported that as many as 1.5 million Uyghur Muslims have been involuntarily sent to internment camps and that hundreds, if not thousands, of mosques and sacred sites such as these photographed by Ross, have been razed to the ground. Now that these sites no longer exist, and access to this region is strictly controlled, Ross’s photographs have taken on a particular significance as cultural documents of a lost, or more specifically eradicated, religious practice. Moreover, and perhaps more importantly, for Ross the act of having photographed these lost sites and resolutely re-exhibiting the photographs, serves as an act of defiant support.

Lisa Ross is an artist and photographer from New York, currently living and working in the Bronx. Her work has been exhibited internationally including the Rubin Museum of Art, New York; Fotografiska Museum, Sweden; Les Rencontres d’Arles, France; Brunei Gallery, London; University of California, Berkeley; Harvard University and La Viélle Charité, France. Her work has received distinguished critical acclaim in international press including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Artforum, The Wall Street Journal, Le Figaro and The London Review of Books. Her book ‘Living Shrines’ was published by The Monacelli Press, 2013.