Cuban American, born 1957
Ernesto Pujol was the first Marva and John Warnock Visiting Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah in 2010. The performance artist and educator has lived in New York since the 1980s.
Lost (America) is part of a larger series called Inheriting Salt (2007-2008). The series makes comparisons between the Salt Flats in Utah and the Judean Desert in Israel, linking them as sites of pilgrimage, solitude, and spirituality. Pujol asks what it means to be lost – both physically and emotionally – in the midst of these deeply religious places.
What emotions do you feel when you look at this photograph? Have you ever felt lost? What led you to feel that way?