Alison Jackson 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 celebrities themselves.
Jackson’s work sits squarely in the middle of the current furore surrounding fake news, alternative facts and current affairs debates. Jackson makes convincingly realistic work about celebrities doing things in private using cleverly styled lookalikes. Likeness becomes real and fantasy touches on the believable in her work. She creates scenarios we have all imaged but have never seen before.
Why Kensington and Chelsea?
“When I was 17, I made an active choice to move from the countryside to live and work in Chelsea. Since then, I have been one hundred percent educated in Kensington and Chelsea, and developed my career from night classes at council-funded Hortensia Road; a Diploma at Kensington and Chelsea College, Wornington Centre; Heatherleys College of Fine Art; BA at Chelsea College of Art and, finally, to an MA at the Royal College of Art. All of these institutions are outstanding in their field of education and were invaluable in helping me develop my career. The RCA gave me a platform that led to my first BBC TV series and first advertising campaign with CocaCola Schweppes. I would love for other people to have these fantastic opportunities and know about the outstanding and wonderful education available in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea that can lead to so much more. This is the reason why I am starting this photography competition with education and vocational prizes for residents of the area. This Royal Borough has looked after me and I would to like to look after the developing talent within it.”
Alison Jackson is a councillor for Chelsea Riverside ward and an ambassador for Spinal Injuries Association.
Jackson’s work is currently showing at Fotografiska, Stockholm and upcoming at The Venice Bienniale and has been widely exhibited in museums, galleries and in public collections around the world, including: Tate Modern, The Tate Britain, The Hayward Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, International Center of Photography, New York; San Francisco MoMA; Pompidou Centre; Le Louvre, Paris; Liverpool Biennial; Musée de L'elysée, Lausanne; Kunsthalle Vienna; Musee de la Photo Montreal; Musée de la Photographie à Charleroi; Schirn Museum, Frankfurt; Camera Museum, Turin.