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Ayana V. Jackson’s work examines the complexities of photographic representation and the role of the camera in constructing identity. Using performance and studio-based portraiture, her practice can be seen as a map of the ethical considerations and relationships involved between the photographer, subject, and viewer.

With a particular interest in the 19th and early 20th century representation of Black bodies, Jackson steps into the world of her reference materials as a way to question the role of the history of photography and fine art played in the construction of race and gender stereotype.

Through her portraits and photo montages, “Jackson [gives] us an imperfect, unfulfilled, virtual journey. She is in search of the grail of being while bound to the rack of non-being... It is this sense of constantly losing the ground beneath one’s feet, this unerring sense of dancing in a void, which gives Jackson’s art its profound melancholy...” remarks Ashraf Jamal.

Born in the US and based between Johannesburg, New York, and Paris, Jackson was a 2014 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow for Photography, and the recipient of the 2018 National Black Arts Festival’s Fine Art and Fashion Award and has received grants from the Marguerite Casey Foundation, Inter America Foundation, US State Department, as well as the French Institute, the latter supporting her participation in the 2009 Bamako African Photography Biennial.

Selected exhibitions
2019
Ayana V. Jackson | Dear SarahDavid Klein Gallery
Ayana V. Jackson/ Take Me to the WaterMariane Ibrahim Gallery
2015
A ConstellationThe Studio Museum in Harlem
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Wild as the Wind, 2015

Archival pigment print on German Etching
43 × 46 in
109.2 × 116.8 cm
Location
New York

Edition of six

Medium
Image rights
Courtesy the artist and Gallery Momo, Johannesburg, South Africa

Ayana V. Jackson’s work examines the complexities of photographic representation and the role of the camera in constructing identity. Using performance and studio-based portraiture, her practice can be seen as a map of the ethical considerations and relationships involved between the photographer, subject, and viewer.

With a particular interest in the 19th and early 20th century representation of Black bodies, Jackson steps into the world of her reference materials as a way to question the role of the history of photography and fine art played in the construction of race and gender stereotype.

Through her portraits and photo montages, “Jackson [gives] us an imperfect, unfulfilled, virtual journey. She is in search of the grail of being while bound to the rack of non-being... It is this sense of constantly losing the ground beneath one’s feet, this unerring sense of dancing in a void, which gives Jackson’s art its profound melancholy...” remarks Ashraf Jamal.

Born in the US and based between Johannesburg, New York, and Paris, Jackson was a 2014 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow for Photography, and the recipient of the 2018 National Black Arts Festival’s Fine Art and Fashion Award and has received grants from the Marguerite Casey Foundation, Inter America Foundation, US State Department, as well as the French Institute, the latter supporting her participation in the 2009 Bamako African Photography Biennial.

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