Melissa Catanese


Hells Hollow Fallen Monarch
Dive Dark Dream Slow
Smokey Days
When the Bugs Come Back

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Melissa Catanese works from an inventory of photographic images, both personal and anonymous, to build elliptical narratives that take their shape as artist’s books and wall installations. She has been editing from the vast photography collection of Peter J. Cohen, a celebrated trove of more than 30,000 vernacular and found anonymous photographs from the early to mid-twentieth century. Enfolding photographs from her archive with these found images, she questions the authorship and transparency of a photograph while pursuing readings that drift away from simple typology into something more personal, intuitive and openly poetic. She is the author of Dive Dark Dream Slow (2012), Dangerous Women (2013), Hells Hollow Fallen Monarch (2015), and Voyagers (2018).

Her work has been included in the Mulhouse Biennial of Photography, No Found Photo Fair in Paris, and at venues such as Pier 24 Photography in San Francisco, Aperture Foundation in New York, and Cleveland Museum of Art. She has been awarded grants from BNY Mellon, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and has taught at institutions including University of Texas Austin, University of Hartford, Ithaca College, Point Park University and University of Pittsburgh. She is the founder of Spaces Corners, an artist-run photography bookshop and project space located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.






The Ice Plant, October 2018

Los Angeles, CA

- Voyagers featured in The Paris Review

Collective Quarterly Workshop

Artist talk & portfolio reviewer

Pray, Montana

March 25-30, 2018

with text by Miranda Mellis
included in A Place Both Wonderful and Strange
Fuego Books, 2017

Je est un autre: the vernacular in photobooks

International Center of Photography Library

Nov 2017 - Jan 2018

New York, NY

Past, Present, Future

Silver Eye Center for Photography

June 27 - Sept 27, 2017

Pittsburgh, PA

Hells Hollow Fallen Monarch

Artist book, 5.25 x 7.5 in. / 82 pgs

Spaces Corners, Oct 2016

Pittsburgh, PA

Pier 24 Photography
August - May 2015
San Francisco, CA

The Photographer’s Playspace
Aperture Foundation
November 19 - January 29, 2015
New York, NY

The Sandbox: At Play With The Photobook
Artist residency
Carnegie Museum of Art
May 3 - July 28, 2014
Pittsburgh, PA

Six Rooms
The Mine Factory
Oct 4 - 11, 2013
Pittsburgh, PA

10x10 American Photobooks
Tokyo Institute of Photography
September 11 - October 6, 2013
Tokyo, Japan

Nothing Works Anymore Part 1
Mulhouse Biennial of Photography
June 20-21, 2013
La Filature, Mulhouse France

Gallery T66, Freiberg Germany

Excerpts from Stardust on view
Nofound Photo Fair
Next Level Projects
66 Rue de Turenne
Nov 16 - 19, 2012

Dive Dark Dream Slow
Shortlisted for Paris Photo - Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards
The shortlist will be exhibited at Paris Photo, November 14-18, 2012
& in New York at the Aperture Gallery from December 1, 2012-January 24, 2013.

Advanced copies of Dive Dark Dream Slow available
NY Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1, September 28-30
Book signing September 29 2:30pm
Table R15, The Ice Plant
New York, NY

DIY: Photographers & Books,
Cleveland Museum of Art,
August 11 - December 30
Cleveland, OH

The Art of the Photobook
panel discussion with Larissa Leclair,
Barbera Tannenbaum, Melissa Catanese & Ed Panar
Cleveland Museum of Art
October 20 2-4pm
Cleveland, OH

0_100, spring issue 2011 exhibited in Millenium Magazines
MoMA - The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
February 20–May 14 2012
New York, NY

a green and golden world

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