Merdules, Ottana, Sardinia (from the series 'Gli Isolani'), 2021
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Sale of artwork to benefit the International Rescue Committee to help support families affected by the crisis in Ukraine
Merdules, Ottana, Sardinia (from the series 'Gli Isolani')
pigment print, framed; accompanied by a signed certificate of authenticity. No. 1 in an edition of 8.
image: 50.8 by 40.6 cm. 20 by 16 in.
framed: 68.6 by 58.4 cm. 27 by 23 in.
Executed in 2021.
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While unexamined outside its frame, this work is in generally excellent condition.
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Alys Tomlinson's work focuses on the relationship between people and place, exploring themes of environment, belonging and identity. Her major body of work, Ex-Voto, explores Christian pilgrimage sites in Lourdes (France), Ballyvourney (Ireland) and Grabarka (Poland). In 2020 her portrait project Lost Summer, she photographed teenagers in London whose proms had been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Tomlinson is currently co-directing Mother Vera, a feature-length documentary film supported by the Sundance Institute, which focuses on the life of a nun from Belarus.
The photograph offered here is drawn from her newest series Gli Isolani (The Islanders) for which she documented traditional costumes and masks worn during festivities and celebrations on islands of the Venetian lagoon, Sicily and Sardinia. Over two years, Tomlinson photographed locals dressed in costumes inspired by paganism, fables and folklore. The image evokes a timeless quality and invite us to enter a mysterious world of good and evil, the sacred and profane.
Recent awards include: Winner of Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2020; nominee Prix Elysée 2020-2022; Rencontres d'Arles New Discovery Award 2019 – Shortlist & Public Prize Winner; Photographer of the Year Award at the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards; 1st Prize (Discovery Category) at the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.
With special thanks to Spectrum printers and Daniel Gibson framers
*The Consignor is donating 100% of the hammer price from the sale of this and other designated artworks, to be sold during Sotheby’s Contemporary Discoveries online sale held from May 13-19, 2022, to the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a not-for-profit humanitarian aid organization that is helping to support families affected by the crisis in Ukraine. In addition, in relation to these designated artworks, Sotheby’s will donate 1) 100% of its Overhead Premium to IRC, and 2a) where the artwork is consigned by Ukrainian artist(s), 100% of its Buyer's Premium to such artist(s), and 2b) for all other artworks, its Buyers Premium, after deducting expenses, to IRC. No portion of the purchase price is tax-deductible. For more information about the IRC, visit www.rescue.org