BIO & EXHIBITIONS
Alison Jackson is a contemporary BAFTA and multi award winning artist who explores the cult of celebrity – an extraordinary phenomenon created by the media, publicity industries and the public figures themselves. Her work sits squarely in the middle of the current fake news, alternative facts or news debates. Jackson makes convincingly realistic work about celebrities doing things in private using cleverly styled lookalikes. Likeness becomes real and fantasy touches on the believable. She creates scenarios we have all imagined but never seen before.
Jackson raises questions about whether we can believe what we see when we live in a mediated world of screens, imagery and internet. She comments on our voyeurism, on the power and seductive nature of imagery, and on our need to believe. Her work has established wide respect for her as an incisive, funny and thought-provoking commentator on the burgeoning phenomenon of contemporary celebrity culture.
Jackson’s ‘Mental Images’ series stems from her work earlier in her career exploring religious iconography and in ‘What is an image?’ she raises questions about our preconceptions and challenges them. Jackson asks us to face our imagined fears in the ‘Disaster Series’.
Jackson has made extensive portraits of actors, celebrities, and public figures (real ones!) for The Ivy restaurant and J Sheekey: for private commissions and is in the process of building her collection for the National Portrait Gallery. Actors and celebrities include: Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rosamund Pike, Gillian Anderson, Ralph Fiennes, Charles Dance and many well-known politicians.
Jackson’s work is currently showing at The Venice Biennale and Fotografiska, Stockholm and has been widely exhibited in museums, galleries and in Public Collections across the world, including: Tate Modern, The Tate Britain, The Hayward Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, International Center of Photography, New York; San Francisco MoMA; Pompidou Centre; Musée du Louvre, Paris; Liverpool Biennial; Musée de L’Elysee, Lausanne; Kunsthalle Vienna; Musee de la Photo Montreal; Musée de la Photographie à Charleroi; Schirn Museum, Frankfurt; Camera Museum, Turin.
Next Fotografiska Exhibition
Coming to NYC March 2020
2007 Paris Photo, Hamiltons Gallery, London
2003 The Richard Salmon Gallery, London 'Mental Images on War’
2002 Paris Photo, Musée du Louvre, Gallery 51
2001 Alison Jackson: Mental Images; Jerwood Space; London, U.K.
2017 The Museum of Art Haifa. AnonynX: The End of the Privacy Era
2016 Culture Station 284, Seoul
2011 Peeping Tom KunstHalle Amersterdam
2003 Musee de l'eysee, Lusanne
2003 ICP International Center of Photography, New York
2002 The Musee de la Photographie a Charleroi, Brussels, Belgium
1999 The Royal Festival Hall, London. Articultural Show
SF MOMA, San Francisco, Royal College of Art, London, Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, Brussels. International Centre of Photography, Pompidou Centre.
2019 Double Fake: A hilarious show where Alison gives behind the scenes anecdotes and shows you how she creates realistic looking images LIVE on stage! You too can be famous at Leicester Square Theatre
2018 - Shot to Fame: Fake News or Alternative Facts: The Gap between the two. One Woman Show at Soho Theatre
La Trashiata Performance Installation
Most recently Jackson wrote and directed the successful 'celebrity' performance opera for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014 with exclusive screenings on the BBC and Odeon cinemas. To view http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0249sts
BAFTA-BBC TV Series for Innovation, Infinity Award-ICP, Clio Award, The Photographers Gallery Award, D&AD, Best of the Best, Creative Circle Award amongst others.