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As a lens-based artist "investigating the nature of embodied knowledge", Jonathan Mark Jackson, MFA PH 21 investigates worlds of recovery and history in his studies as a student in the MFA Photography program. Expanding on his knowledge of archives, biographical research, visual language, and landscapes, his current work gives voice to the unseen realities of black lives connected to historical museums and their objects throughout New England. “I cannot think of freedom without considering the legacies of chattel American slavery... This history is also ultimately tied to the essential functions of democracy.” Merging contemporary and historic scholarship, Jackson combines text and image into a dynamic relationship encouraging reinvigorated perspectives and vocalizations. This series highlights the intersections of art, design, theory, social justice and research in interviewed conversations within the RISD community, its faculty and students.
Written | Directed | Filmed | Edited by Holly Gaboriault [MA Global Arts + Cultures '21] Original Music provided by the RI Art Archive Project
RISD Research Perspectives, video series, slavery, American chattel slavery, servents, history, racism, ancestry, photography
African American Studies | Art and Design | Photography
Jackson, Johnathan Mark; RISD Research; and Gaboriault, Holly, "RISD Research Perspectives | Jonathan Mark Jackson" (2021). RISD Research Perspectives. 4.