Domesticated Land, 2012 - 2019
Her meticulously composed black-and-white images draw on a long history of photography of the American West to challenge the viewer’s reading of these pictures. She asks us to train our attentions on the narratives created by the selective framing of the images rather than on the real world ostensibly contained within them.
Lipper further subverts tradition with her self-imposed mission to photograph future events in the present and by using a series of still images to suggest a filmic narrative. This construction points to the work’s nature as documentary fiction, or what the artist has described as a present-tense, dystopian fantasy.
In her project’s monograph of the same name, Lipper has included texts written by various contemporary and historic women-voices that function like a Greek chorus. The story obliquely unfolds as the photographer’s projected community struggles to maintain its freedom in a distant society. Their fate is left open-ended, but the images suggest a call for revolution on the part of the artist, who intuits that an alchemical change must happen.