The Rubin has on display 24 of Ms. Ross's archival pigment prints of mazars, as well as two 11-minute videos of people coming to venerate saints.
Ms. Ross is taken with the spiritual experience of the desert, a vast expanse of sand surrounded by mountains, as well as with the lonely simplicity of the mazars. Many of the mazars consist of sticks bound together and stuck into the ground; pilgrims attach bits of cloth to them to mark their visit.
Lisa Ross has documented the ritual objects and burial sites of the Uyghurs of Western China. In her new series, ‘After Night,’ she focuses on the sparse beds found outside in this community.
“Isolated within the vast and arid desert landscape, they... suggest an aesthetic intervention, when in fact they are captured as they were found.”
‘After Night,’ is showing at Asya Geisberg Gallery in NYC now through December 17th, with an artist talk at 1 pm on November 12th.
This is the very first Asya Geisberg Gallery Photography Solo Show as part of the gallery program and might say, it is off to a very good start. Go and see it!
Asya Geisberg Gallery is pleased to present ‘After Night,’ an exhibition of photographs by New York based artist Lisa Ross.
The New York Times
Roberta Smith, 2009
LISA ROSS: ‘UNREVEALED,’ through June 13. That installation art of an extraordinary sort is as old as humankind receives further buttressing from large color photographs documenting holy sites in the Xinjiang Uyghur region in northwest China. In desert terrain, indigenous Muslims mark the graves of their dead with tangles of tall sticks and flags. Modest graves can be just a few sticks and a flag or two. Religious leaders, who are often viewed as saints, merit relatively large, shrine-like masses that are as high as 60 feet. Either way, the structures’ spirituality is self-evident. A video whose only sound is the flags flapping in the wind further explains their power. Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, 511 West 25th Street, (212) 675-2966, daneyalmahmood.com. (Smith)
The New York Times
Holland Cotter, 2009
LISA ROSS: ‘UNREVEALED,’ through June 13. The photographs in this beautiful show are of graves and shrines that Ms. Ross found in the wind-pummeled deserts of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of Northwest China. Each memorial, made of dried branches ornamented with bits of fabric and religious talismans, and enclosed by rickety fencing, seems to be in the process of blowing away as we watch. Their fragility seems particularly evident in two video pieces, but so does their resilience. Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, 511 West 25th Street, third floor, (212) 675-2966, daneyalmahmood.com. (Cotter)
The New Yorker
Vince Aletti, 2009
On visits to a remote desert region in northwest China, Ross has photographed the burial and pilgrimage sites of saints revered by the Uyghurs, one of the country’s ethnic minority groups. Some of the graves are surrounded by picket fences and look like cribs or empty garden plots; others are collections of twigs and leafless branches, some up to sixty feet high, all flying tattered prayer flags left by pilgrims hoping for the saint’s blessing or cure. The faded pink, yellow, orange, and green of these little scraps are the only colors under the pale-blue skies. Though hardly cheerful, these makeshift folk sculptures feel brave, defiant, and optimistic against all odds. (Aletti)
Jeff Weinstein, 2009