'Terrain' Features Work of Jackie Nickerson

Light Work will display the exhibition "Terrain," featuring the work of Jackie Nickerson.  It debuts in the Kathleen O. Ellis Gallery on Nov. 5, and runs until Dec. 20. A reception and gallery talk will take place Dec. 5 from 5-7 p.m.

"Elina #1," 2012

"Elina #1," 2012

Nickerson makes photographs that examine the essential nature of people and their relationship to the natural world, through personal identity and the physical and psychological condition of living and working. With "Terrain," Nickerson revisits eastern and southern Africa, focusing on how the exertions of labor leave psychic and material traces on people and the environment.

“It is about us in the landscape, how we change the world we inhabit at every moment of our being human,” writes Nickerson, “and how, for better and for worse, the habitus that we make, in turn, changes who we are.”

Nickerson was born in Boston in 1960. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Museum of Modern Art, Salzburg; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels; National Portrait Gallery, London; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; and the Hereford Museum, UK. Her work is held in many collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Vatican Museums, Rome; and the National Gallery of Ireland. She is the recipient of a Culture Ireland award and three Visual Art Bursaries from the Irish Arts Council. Nickerson is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York and Brancolini Grimaldi in London.