Lisa Ross is a photographer, video artist and educator living in New York City.
Ross’s work revolves around the liminal spaces in which faith, culture and abstraction meet. Her immersive landscapes and early black and white work, explore the skin of the land. In doing so, she reveals the texture of culture, and, in time, the political realities inextricably bound to place that emerge.
Meanwhile, her portrait work has sought to capture intimacy, and touches on issues of identity, gender and belonging.
Ross also investigates physical manifestations of faith, with journeys to the Sahara and Sinai leading to an ongoing body of work exploring pilgrimage. In recent work, Ross made repeated visits in and around the Taklamakan Desert—visiting sites of Uyghur shrines. These hand-made markers of faith leave an indelible mark on the landscape—touching on cycles of life and death, pilgrimage and sainthood. They are an affirmation of existence, a collective experience that is overpowering in its very humility.
The resulting large-scale photo and video works have been exhibited internationally, and refer to the site-specific traditions of land artists such as Andy Goldsworthy, evoking the existence and awe-inspiring power of landscape. The series culminated in the book Living Shrines of Uyghur China, published by The Monacelli Press and distributed internationally by Random House.
Ross has had exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe. Her work has been shown at the University of California at Berkeley; Rencontres D’Arles Foto Festival, France; the Rubin Museum of Art, New York; Fotografiska Museum, Stockholm, Sweden; University of London, SOAS, Brunei Gallery; and La Vielle Charite, Marseilles, France and Harvard University. In 2016 Ross received a Residency at The Robert Wilson Watermill Foundation and a travel grant through the Asian Cultural Council of New York. Gulf Photo Plus is currently exhibiting Living Shrines in Dubai, UAE.
Ross has worked in North Africa, Central Asia, China, Europe and Azerbaijan. She received an MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College. Ross is a fellow of the Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace program; a two time recipient of the Hayward Prize through the American Austrian Foundation; made a commissioned work in Azerbaijan for CICRP/French Ministry of Culture for Marseilles 2013. She has taught at Parsons School of Design, Columbia University and The Harvey Milk School.
Ross’s work received reviews in The New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Artforum, The Wall Street Journal and many other print and online journals. Her book has received enthusiastic responses in The New York Review of Books, The Los Angeles Review of Books and London Review of Books.
2017 Gulf Photo Plus, Living Shrines, Dubai, UAE
2016 Seattle Asian Art Museum, RISE, Seattle, Washington
2015 Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
2014 Fotografiska Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
2014 Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Universtiy of London, UK
2014 Kashya Hildebrand, Behind the Dunes, London, UK
2013 Rubin Museum of Art, Living Shrines of Uyghur China, New York, NY
2012 UC Berkeley, Institute of East Asian Studies, Desert Mazar, Berkeley, CA
2011 Asya Geisberg Gallery, After Night, New York, NY
2010 Kashya Hildebrand, Sacred Rapture, Zurich, Switzerland
2009 Pulse, Solo Project, Daneyal Mahmood Gallery
2009 Rencontres D’Arles, Nan Goldin Curator, Arles, France
2009 Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, Unrevealed, New York, NY
2006 Nelson Hancock Gallery, Traces of Devotion, Brooklyn, NY
2005 Georgetown University, Sufi Mystical Experiences in Contemporary Xinjiang,
2015 Tanja Grunert Gallery, Beyond 1, New York, NY
2015 Allcott Gallery, Her/ Land, with An My Le and Angela Kelly, UNC, Chapel Hill
2013 Marseilles 2013, La Vielle Charite, Marseilles, France
2011 SLPS Global, Sacred Spaces, New York, NY
2010 Mixed Greens, Gimme Shelter, New York, NY
2009 Bronx Museum, Living and Dreaming, Bronx, NY
2009 Gallery 456, HOW CHINESE, New York, NY
2009 Affirmation Arts, PS:Parsing Spirituality, New York, NY
2008 Bellwether Gallery, If Love Could Have Saved You…You Would Have Lived Forever, New
2008 Higher Pictures Gallery, Cosmological Embeddedness or The Flying Spaghetti Monster,
New York, NY
2007 Dinaburg Arts, Fall Vernissage, New York, NY
2007 KINZ, TILLOU + FEIGEN, By Invitation Only, New York, NY
2006 Murray Guy Gallery, Lie of the Land, New York, NY
2003 Daniel Silverstein Gallery, Spiritual Hunger, New York, NY
2003 Art et Amicitiae, Violent Violence, Curator Elin O’Hara Slavick, Amsterdam, NL