Through her portraits and photo montages, "Jackson [gives] us an imperfect, unfulfilled,
virtual journey. She is in search of the grail of being while bound to the rack of nonbeing
… It is this sense of constantly losing the ground beneath one's feet, this unerring
sense of dancing in a void, which gives Jackson's art its profound melancholy… "Ashraf
Born in the US, based between Johannesburg, New York and Paris, Jackson was a 2014
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow for Photography, and the recipient of the 2018
National Black Arts Festival's Fine Art and Fashion Award and has received grants from
the Marguerite Casey Foundation, Inter America Foundation, US State Department as
well as the French Institute, the latter supporting her participation in the 2009 Bamako
African Photography Biennial.
She has exhibited her work in association with The Blachere Foundation, The University
of South Africa (UNISA), The Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG), The Studio Museum in
Harlem, The Newark Museum, Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Art
(MoCADA), the Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (Marrakech) , and the
Philadelphia African American Museum.
Public art exhibitions include, "The Space Between Us", in association with the Ifa Gallery
(Berlin/ Stuttgart) and Round 32 of Project Rowhouses in Houston's 3rd ward (USA).
Her photography has been featured in publications including the exhibition catalogue for
"Poverty Pornography & Archival Impulse" produced as a collaborative effort between her
Paris and Johannesburg galleries (2013) as well as the exhibition catalogue for her series.
"African by Legacy, Mexican by Birth" (produced in collaboration with writer/filmmaker
Marco Villalobos in 2006).
Academic journals include "Transition Magazine" (Hutchins Center,
Harvard University), "n.paradoxa", "Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics,
Culture, and Society" (Columbia University) and the Massachusetts Review. Jackson
has also been featured in art reviews such as Art South Africa, Art + Auction, Camera
Austria, Afrique in Visu, Proximo Futuro/Next Future (Gulbenkian Foundation),
Dmuatgcahz inbea,s aendd ZthAeM N ew York Times Lens Blog.