before you were even born

before you were even born

still and moving images by Shanna Jackson

December 7 – 9, 2012

The spaces in between, the blank pages, lower left hand corners, the backs of heads, eyes that are closed, the place where the trees meld into the sky, light that washes out the surface of skin, color fading from emulsion … these are the things that intrigue me.

Perpetually seeking to align the past with the present, my work is obsessed with the nostalgic and the sentimental. Through these temporal alignments, I explore the linkages between our experiences, and those (photographic) representations of our experiences–however authentic, altered, fragmented or forgotten. I am interested in the way imagery is used to preserve memories and the way accumulated filmic and photographic objects will, like our memories, over time deteriorate.

I collect and cultivate home video footage from my childhood, images of my own and others’ children, photographs of strangers and newly made moving images. The culminating body of work considers the bits that might have been discarded or deemed unworthy, the unraveling of one’s reminiscence … and the repetitive nature of the cultural practice of image- making.

Remember that time? Oh nevermind, that was before you were even born.

Shanna Jackson was born in Fairfax, VA in 1984. Jackson received a BFA in Photography from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008, and was a recipient of an Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artist Grant from the Durham Arts Council in 2011. Working primarily in lens-based media, her work is heavily influenced by the connection between image making and memory. She currently lives and works Charlottesville, VA, and hopes to one day again live in Durham, NC. Before You Were Even Born is Jackson’s first solo show in a gallery.

Opening Reception: Friday, December 7, 7 – 10 p.m.


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