FotoFocus 2016: Jackie Nickerson: August

OCTOBER 1, 2016 - JANUARY 23, 2017

Jackie Nickerson’s dignified portraits of African farm laborers are alive with perceptions of the physical and psychological impact of the surrounding agricultural landscape. Nickerson’s first body of work, Farm, was made over a three-year period in rural locations across southern Africa. Farm concentrates on how individual identity is improvised through clothing, expression, and attitude. Nickerson’s latest body of work, Terrain takes a broader view, focusing on laborers in relation to their environment and the raw materials cultivated there. In an interview for Cult magazine in 2013, Nickerson said, “Terrain is about us in the landscape, how we change the world we inhabit at every moment of our being human, and how, for better and for worse, the world that we make…changes who we are.”

Jackie Nickerson was born in Boston in 1960 and divides her time between Ireland and southern Africa. Nickerson was commissioned by Time to travel to Liberia to photograph the 2014 Person of the Year: The Ebola Fighters.

About the Biennial
The FotoFocus Biennial is a regional, month-long celebration of photography and lens-based art held throughout Cincinnati and the surrounding region. Featuring over 60 participating museums, galleries, academic institutions, and community organizations, the 2016 Biennial will include original FotoFocus curated exhibitions and four days of events and programming, including screenings, lectures, and performances.

The FotoFocus Biennial 2016 Theme: Photography, the Undocument