Ayana V. Jackson is a US American photographer, filmmaker, and contemporary artist based in Johannesburg, New York, and Paris.
Jackson restages colonial-era photographs in a series of digitally-collaged images in which she photographs herself moving through past and future themes, invoking social identity narratives. The captivating sepia-tinted moments are told through period costume, expressive body language and her knowledge of historical lore.
Assuming the place of the original sitters helps Jackson to critique the historical significance of African-Americans in the history of photography, during the rise of European colonialism, to identify the significant themes in the continuing struggle to interrogate their structures.
In this contemporary realm of art, Jackson digs deep into African-American and African diaspora experiences, giving new life to older narrations by performing stories she wants to see, and in turn granting the viewer a new way to reconstruct the fabric of expression.
- Honoring the Legacy of African-American Women, New York Times
- Ayana V. Jackson, Artsy for Education
- Video: Ayana V Jackson shares her thoughts on curating the show “Selling the Shadow” at Gallery MOMO Cape Town, co-curated by Ingrid LaFleur.