Jessica Bardsley

Jessica Bardsley

Department of Visual and Environmental Studies
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Jessica Bardsley is a research-based artist, whose work intervenes in historical narratives and draws on the archive as a catalyst for poetic fabulation and critique. Utilizing both found and self-shot footage, her films and videos construct essayistic narratives that imaginatively link the historical, cultural, and affective dimensions of her subjects, which range across landscapes, architectural interiors, and popular figures. Her 2D works poetically transform found images or are newly inspired by archives and specific histories. As these collages, text-pieces, and photographs engage narrative and formal qualities, they fabulate possible realities or activate new potential.

Jessica is currently pursuing a PhD in Film and Visual Studies with a secondary field in Critical Media Practice at Harvard University where she is also a Film Study Center Fellow. Her films have screened across the U.S. and internationally at venues such as CPH:DOX, Visions du RĂ©el, European Media Arts Festival, Kassel Dokfest, RIDM, True/False, and Flaherty NYC. She is the recipient of various awards, including a Princess Grace Award, Grand Prize at 25FPS, the Eileen Maitland Award at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and Best Short Film at Punto de Vista. Jessica received an MFA and an MA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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