Camera Work is pleased to present an exhibition of works by British artist Alison Jackson starting on March 7, 2020. The solo exhibition »Fake vs. Reality« features more than 40 photographs out of her world-famous ongoing series about celebrity fake news and the power of imagery in today’s media. Jackson’s first-ever exhibition at Camera Work gallery is organized in cooperation with Crossover.
Jackson’s impressive and often provocative work sits squarely in the middle of the current fake news, alternative facts and news debates. For her photographs, she stages convincingly realistic sceneries 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. The images often deal with social and political criticism, whereby these are often transferable to current states of society.
Jackson’s concept raises questions about whether we can believe what we see when we live in a mediated world of screens, imagery and internet. Her works can be considered as comments on our voyeurism, on the power and seductive nature of imagery, and on our need to believe. Jackson’s work has established wide respect for her as an incisive, funny and thought-provoking commentator on the burgeoning phenomenon of contemporary celebrity culture.
Alison Jackson (*1960 in Southsea, Great Britain) 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.
However, Jackson is also making (real) extensive portraits of actors, celebrities, and public figures such as Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rosamund Pike, Gillian Anderson, Ralph Fiennes, Charles Dance and many well-known politicians.
Alison Jackson has been widely exhibited in museums, galleries and in public collections across the world including: Fotografiska (Stockholm and Tallin), London-based Tate Modern, The Tate Britain, The Hayward Gallery and The National Portrait Gallery, International Center of Photography (New York City), San Francisco MoMA, Pompidou Centre and Musée du Louvre in Paris, Liverpool Biennial, Musée de L’Elysee (Lausanne), Kunsthalle Vienna, Musee de la Photo Montreal, Musée de la Photographie à Charleroi, Schirn Kunsthalle (Frankfurt), Camera Museum (Turin) and The Venice Biennale.