About the artist
Katy Grannan (b. 1969) was first recognized in 1998 for an intimate series of portraits of strangers she met through newspaper advertisements. Grannan worked for years throughout the northeast and produced several different series entitled Poughkeepsie Journal, Morning Call, Sugar Camp Road, and Mystic Lake, each referring to a local newspaper source or secluded location. Grannan’s process and the consequent images are informed by her own childhood in the American northeast. Each photograph is imbued with secrecy, desire, and hidden intentions.
Lion King is a sequence of photographs of an elderly, feral cat that lives on The Nine, the location of Katy Grannan’s upcoming feature film. This place, where the American Dream comes to a screeching halt, counts the many feral cats and dogs as victims of this unforgiving landscape in California’s Central Valley. The feral cats, in particular, are also silent witnesses to an unending cycle of human desperation and neglect. The Lion King is dying, yet he paces, proud and mournful.