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John Stezaker

Horse, 2013

HD video, 2:13, on infinite loop

Courtesy Petzel Gallery, New York

Jackie Nickerson: August

The National Underground Freedom Center, Cincinnati

Oct 1, 2016 – Jan 23, 2017

Jackie Nickerson

Ruth, 2012

Digital c-print, dimensions variable

Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Jackie Nickerson’s dignified portraits of African farm laborers are alive with perceptions of the physical and psychological impact of the surrounding agricultural landscape and the raw materials cultivated there. 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.

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