Photography
Ayana V. JACKSON
Ayana V. JACKSON
Ayana V. JACKSON
Ayana V. JACKSON
Ayana V. JACKSON
Ayana V. JACKSON
Ayana V. JACKSON
Ayana V. JACKSON
Ayana V. JACKSON
Ayana V. JACKSON
Ayana V. JACKSON
Ayana V. JACKSON
Ayana V. JACKSON
Ayana V. JACKSON
Ayana V. JACKSON
Ayana V. JACKSON
Ayana V. JACKSON
Ayana V. JACKSON
Ayana V. JACKSON
Ayana V. JACKSON
Ayana V. JACKSON
Ayana V. JACKSON
Ayana V. JACKSON
Ayana V. JACKSON
Ayana V. JACKSON
Ayana V. JACKSON
Ayana V. JACKSON
Ayana V. JACKSON
Ayana V. JACKSON
Ayana V. JACKSON

Introduction

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, 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." Ashraf Jamal



Born in the US, based between Johannesburg, New York and Paris, Jackson was a laureate for the 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. She has exhibited her work in association with the Blachere Foundation, the University of South Africa (UNISA), the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG), the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Newark Museum, Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Art (MoCADA), the Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (Marrakech) , and the Philadelphia African American Museum.



Public art exhibitions include, "The Space Between Us", in association with the Ifa Gallery (Berlin/ Stuttgart) and Round 32 of Project Rowhouses in Houston's 3rd ward (USA). Her photography has been featured in publications including the exhibition catalogue for "Poverty Pornography & Archival Impulse" produced as a collaborative effort between her Paris and Johannesburg galleries (2013) as well as the exhibition catalogue for her series "African by Legacy, Mexican by Birth" (produced in collaboration with writer/filmmaker Marco Villalobos in 2006). Academic journals include "Transition Magazine" (Hutchins Center, Harvard University), "n.paradoxa", "Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society" (Columbia University) and the Massachusetts Review. Jackson has also been featured in art reviews such as Art South Africa, Art + Auction, Camera Austria, Afrique in Visu, Proximo Futuro/Next Future (Gulbenkian Foundation), Dutch based ZAM magazine, and the New York Times Lens Blog.

 

Biography

Ayana V. Jackson, born in 1977

She lives and works in New York and Johannesburg


Solo Exhibitions

 


2018

  • Intimate Justice in the Stolen Moment, Galerie Baudoin Lebon, Paris France


2017

  • Intimate Justice in the Stolen Moment, Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg, RSA


2016

  • Dear Sarah, Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Seattle, WA Future-Past - Imperfect - Gallery Momo, RSA


2015

  • Archival Impulse, Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Seattle, WA Archival Impulse, Galerie Capazza, Nancy, France


2014

  • Archival Impulse & Poverty Pornography, Galerie Baudoin Lebon, Paris, France
  • Archival Impulse, Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg, South Africa


2013

  • African by Legacy, Mexican by Birth, Consulate General of Mexico, Los Angeles,CA
  • Distant Selves, Galerie Sho Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
  • Projection Surface, Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • African by Legacy, Mexican by Birth, Angkhor Photo Festival, Cambodia
  • Looking Glass Self, Peter Hermann Gallery, Berlin, Germany
  • African by Legacy, Mexican by Birth, Mijares Gallery in collaboration with UCLA, Los Angeles, CA


2006

  • Viajes Personales , Bluefields Indian and Caribbean University, Bluefields, Nicaragua
  • African by Legacy, Mexican by Birth, Guadeloupe Arts Center, San Antonio, Texas
  • Galeria de la Raza, organized by the San Francisco Mexican Museum, San Francisco, CA


2005

  • Viajes Personales Tour, US Department of State: InsItuto Universitario de Barlovento, Higuerote, Venezuela
  • Biblioteca Virgilio Barco, Bogota Colombia UNAN-Leon, Leon, Nicaragua
  • Museo del Hombre, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic


Group Exhibitions

 


2018

  • In Their Own Form, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
  • New Feelings, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland Oregon
  • Africa Is No Island, Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden, Marrakech


2017

  • Arts of Global Africa, Newark Museum, New Jersey, USA


2015

  • A Constellation, The Studio Museum of Harlem, New York City, US


2014

  • Warm Heart From Africa, Primae NocIs Gallery, Lugano Galerie Maïa Muller, Paris, France
  • Casablanca Biennale,Casablanca, Morocco
  • Michael Steinberg at 33 Orchard Gallery, New York, New York


2010

  • New African Photography, Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • ECO, SEGAW, ECHO, XIANG, Project Row Houses Round 32, Houston, Texas
  • The Mothership has Landed, Rush Arts, New York


2009

  • Bamako Encounters / 8th African Photography Biennial, Bamako, Mali


2008

  • The Shoot Out : A Lonely Crusade, Homage to Jamel Shabazz,The George and Leah McKenna Museum of African- American Art


2007

  • Post Millennial Black Madonna Paradise/ Inferno, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporic Art (MoCADA) and Skylight


2006

  • The Shoot Out, African American Museum, Philadelphia, USA


2005

  • Visualized Rhythm, organized by Peter Hermann Gallery for The Africa FesIval, Potsdam, Germany Assembly International, Tara Herbst and Nicolas Siepen for KultursIpung des Bundes, Berlin,Germany


2004

  • El Negro Mas Chulo: African by Legacy, Mexican by Birth, A Gathering of the Tribes Gallery, New York

public collections

  • World Bank Collection, Washington DC, USA
  • Wedge Collection, Toronto, Canada
  • Alcatel Lucent Foundation, New Jersey, USA
  • University of South Africa (UNISA), Pretoria,
    South Africa

Exhibitions

Juliette-Andréa ELIE / Raoul HAUSMANN / Ayana V. JACKSON / Auguste et Louis Lumière / Robert MAPPLETHORPE / Robert RAUSCHENBERG / Louis-Rémy ROBERT / Tomas VAN HOUTRYVE
Wayne BARKER / Christian Courrèges / Walker EVANS / Yves Gellie / Kyung-Ae HUR / Ayana V. JACKSON / Jacques Villeglé / Patrick WILLOCQ
Patrick Bailly-Maître-Grand / Juliette-Andréa ELIE / Ayana V. JACKSON / Arezu KARUBI / Robert MAPPLETHORPE / Guglielmo PLUSCHOW / Wilhelm von GLOEDEN / Joel-Peter Witkin
Mathieu BERNARD-REYMOND / Yves Gellie / Ayana V. JACKSON / Peter Knapp / Robert MAPPLETHORPE / Philippe PERRIN / Joel-Peter Witkin
Etienne CARJAT / Juliette-Andréa ELIE / Ayana V. JACKSON / Gustave LE GRAY / Etienne-Jules MAREY / Eadweard J. MUYBRIDGE / Adrien TOURNACHON / Joel-Peter Witkin
Gilles Desrozier / Ayana V. JACKSON / André KERTESZ / Robert MAPPLETHORPE / Patrick WILLOCQ / Joel-Peter Witkin
Malala Andrialavidrazana / Patrick Bailly-Maître-Grand / Christian Courrèges / Yves Gellie / Ayana V. JACKSON / Peter Knapp / Chrystèle Lerisse / Lisette MODEL / Félix Tournachon dit NADAR / Pierre-Louis PIERSON / Joel-Peter Witkin

Publication

Ayana V. Jackson - archival impulse & poverty pornography
artists :

editor : Baudoin Lebon
public price : 20 €

artistes : Ayana V. Jackson
auteur : Ayana V. Jackson et Achille Mbembe

editeur : Baudoin Lebon 
langue : Français / Anglais 
pays : France/ Afrique du Sud
format : 21 x 21 cm 
reliure : carré collé cousu