American Cockroach

Photographs by Catherine Chalmers
Essays by Steve Baker, Garry Marvin, and Lyall Watson

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7 1/2 x 11 inches 96 pages, 50 four-color images Hardcover 978-1-931788-39-7 Fall 2004
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Catherine Chalmers' second Aperture monograph invites us to meditate on the pleasures and terrors of the common domestic pest, Periplaneta americana, also known as the American cockroach. In three different series of photographs—Infestations, Imposters, and Executions—Chalmers challenges us to reconsider how we distinguish between creepy infestation and acceptable nature. With a slight B-movie quality, the images push us to think carefully about the ways in which we determine some creatures to be lovable and others best squashed under a shoe.

Catherine Chalmers lives and works in New York City. She has exhibited around the world, including at P.S.1, New York; Kunsthalle Vienna and Kunsthalle Basel; MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; among others. Her work has been featured in a variety of publications, including the New York Times, Blind Spot, ARTnews, Harper’s, Discover, Artforum.