Nickerson makes photographs that examine personal identity and the physical and psychological condition of working within a specific environment.
Her first body of work, FARM, was made over a three-year period in rural locations all over southern Africa. It concentrates on how individual identity is made through improvisation. This was published by Jonathan Cape in September 2002. and was followed by a German edition entitled ‘Leben Mit Der Erde’ published by Frederking and Thaler (2002) and a French edition, ‘Une Autre Afrique’ published by Flammarion (2002). In 2007 SteidlMACK published ‘Faith’ with a French edition under the title ‘Fides’.
Her most recent work revisits eastern and southern Africa and focuses on labor and how the exertions of labor leave psychic and material traces in people and the environment. The work comprises of a number of series including Terrain, Jaggery, Lime and Field 22.
Jackie Nickerson was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1960. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Salzburg; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels; Mudam Musee d’Art Moderne, Luxembourg; Galleria d'Arte dell'Istituto Portoghesi, Rome; National Portrait Gallery, London; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Sunderland Museum; Harn Museum, Gainesville; Vatican Museums, Rome; Hereford Museum, UK; Abdijdmuseum Ten Duinen, Belgium; Benaki Museum, Athens.
Her work is held in many collections including MoMA, NY; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas; Pier 24, San Francisco; Vatican Museums, Rome; Martin Z. Margulies Collection, Miami; Rubell Collection, Miami; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Progressive Art Collection, Cleveland; National Gallery of Ireland. In 2008 she was the winner of the AIB prize and has been short listed for the Deutscher Fotobuchpreis award (2008) and the John Kobal Prize (2003). In 2007 she was selected to be part of Le Mois de la Photo in Paris showing at the Centre Culturel Irlandais. She is the recipient of a Culture Ireland award and several Visual Art Bursaries from the Irish Arts Council.
She is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York and Brancolini Grimaldi in London.