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Jessica is a London based visual artist and lecturer of Caribbean heritage, who was born and raised in New York.

Prior to receiving a Masters of Arts in Fashion Image from Central Saint Martins, she studied Fashion Styling and Creative Direction at Istituto Marangoni London. Having began her practice with a strong background in visual research, a desire for storytelling through imagery soon surfaced, and through her self taught approach, photography became the vessel with which these stories could be told and experienced.

For Jessica, the work exists as a continuous examination of how history, place, memory, embodiment and experience come together to inform identity. She is drawn to the stories of women, and the largely 'unseen,' observing the ways in which these stifled identities have evolved as a result of their surroundings, and exploring how the photographic process might foster empathy, reclamation, and freedom for the subject, the viewer, and the self.

The research that initiates each of her projects generally stems from spiritual, psychological, sociological or philosophical exploration, and is usually synthesised towards a variety of visual outcomes dependent on the natural course of the creative cycle, including photography, moving image, and the printed object. Through these mediums, she hopes to highlight a range of identities, offering perspective into the kaleidoscopic nature of human experience.

Her practice, which engages an amalgam of analogue and digital techniques, extends this obsessive desire towards a spiritual observance of the human condition in an effort to both capture the nuance of identity and foster said connection through the experience of creating imagery.

Experimenting with colour, texture, and context, Jessica’s intimate images exist as a vessel for both the introduction and exploration of personal truths.  

To date, she has won the British Journal of Photography’s International Photography Award, has been shortlisted for the 2021 Dior Photography and Visual Arts Award, and has had her work featured internationally, by The British Journal of Photography, Der Greif, The Guardian, It’s Nice That, and The Creative Review, among others.
 

Group Exhibitions  

2024  Art of Color Dior: Photography and Visual Arts Award Retrospective - Kyotographie Festival, Kyoto, Japan 13.04.2024 - 12.05.2024
2023  Open Walls Arles - Galerie Huit Arles, Arles, France 05.07.2023 - 26.09.2023
2022  British Journal of Photography International Photography Award Single Image Show - Seen Fifteen Gallery, London, United Kingdom 18.11.2022 - 27.11.2022
2021  Art of Color Dior: Photography and Visual Arts Award Retrospective - Shenzen Museum of Contemporary Arts, Shenzen 26.09.2021 - 26.10.2021 
2021  Commodities - The Molasses Gallery, London 22.07.2021 - 23.09.2021
2021  Dior Photography and Visual Arts Award - LUMA Foundaition, Arles, France 04.07.2021 - 26.09.2021
2021  Palm* Photo Prize - 10 14 Gallery, London, 20.05.2021 - 30.08.2021

2021  Der Greif Guest Room: Gem Fletcher ‘optimism and revolution-making’ (online)
2021  Der Greif Guest Room: Anna-Alix Koffi ‘Pleasing doesn't interest me...’ (online)

Awards 

2023  Open Walls Arles Single Image - Arles, France
2022  British Journal of Photography International Photography Award Single Image - London, United Kingdom
2021  Dior Photography and Visual Arts Award (shortlist) - Arles, France
2021  Palm* Photo Prize (shortlist) - London, United Kingdom

Press  

British Journal of Photography
Der Greif
It’s Nice That
British Journal of Photography
Der Greif
Vogue Poland
The Face 
Creative Review
I-D Magazine 
1 Granary

Clients

The Wire Magazine
Better World Fragrance House
OTTI World
Monologue London
Vogue International


jessica@jessicagianelli.com
+44 746 0743 127 (UK)
@femireal_