in Gaspé (Parc national Forillon)
Jessica Auer, Montreal, Québec | jessicaauer.com
Documentary-style landscape photographer, Jessica Auer lives in Montreal.
Her work is broadly concerned with the study of cultural sites, focusing on themes that connect place, journey and cultural experience. She received her MFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University in Montreal in 2007 and has since exhibited in galleries and museums in Canada and abroad including, the Gotland Museum of Art (Visby, Sweden, 2015), VU Photo (Quebec City, 2014), the Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montreal, 2013), Patrick Mikhail Gallery (Ottawa, 2012) and Newspace Centre for Photography (Portland, Oregon, 2011). Her work is held in various collections, including the Musée des Beaux Arts du Québec and the Canada Council Art Bank. Her first book, Unmarked Sites, was noted by Photo-Eye and the Indie Photobook Library as one of the top ten photography books published in 2011. She currently teaches photography at Concordia University.
Exhibit at rencontres
As the word “saga” refers to both “history” and “story,” the exhibition Saga Lands reveals the documentary and narrative potential of landscape photography. Taking inspiration from Icelandic saga literature – the most extensive literary source on the history of early European exploration – Jessica Auer spent several years photographing archaeological and saga sites throughout the North Atlantic, resulting in a series that traces a westward journey from Scandinavia to the New World.