Jessica Auer b. 1978
Biography


Jessica Auer is a Canadian photographer, filmmaker and teacher who works between Montréal, Québec and Seydisfjördur, Iceland. Her work is broadly concerned with the study of landscapes as cultural sites, focusing on the connections between history, place, and cultural experience.


Working mainly with large format photography, Jessica is best known for her tableau-style photographs that examine the ways in which landscapes have been preserved, altered or commodified for sightseeing. Through these photographs, she expresses a deep concern for nature, and the vulnerability of remote sites and communities when confronted with mass tourism. Her images aim to reveal the geo-political realities surrounding travel and the paradox of attempting to preserve the same landscapes that the industry often seeks to exploit.

Since receiving her MFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University in 2007, Jessica has produced over a dozen photographic projects, published two books and produced three short films, which question our social, political and aesthetic attitudes towards place. These works have been presented in museums, galleries and festivals in Canada, the United States and Europe. An avid wanderer, she has participated in several international artist residencies including the Banff Centre in Alberta, The Brucebo Foundation based in Sweden, The Chilkoot Trail AIR in Alaska and the Yukon Territory, the Baer Art Center in Hofdaströnd, Iceland and Studio Kura in Japan.

While in Montréal, Jessica teaches photography at Concordia University.
While in Iceland, Jessica runs Ströndin Studio, a photographic research facility and educational institution in East Iceland.


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