Cao Chang Di

From May 1-25, 2008, I exhibited a selection from body of work entitled Cao Chang Di. The three 16" x 24" exhibition prints are shown below. Each limited edition print is available for purchase: please contact me for more information.





An excerpt from my exhibition description is shown below.
Jesse Colin Jackson isolates a location, frames a composition and compiles a linear sequence of moments through time-lapse photography. He then creates a single composite image that incorporates dynamic information from multiple frames. He thus presents, simultaneously, parallel experiential narratives. In doing so, he calls attention to the vitality of the spatial location and creates surreal representations that suggest essential aspects of the place itself. His composites of key locations in Cao Chang Di, a village in the peri-urban periphery of Beijing, reveal the state of conflict and compromise that characterize China's rapidly changing landscape.
Cao Chang Di was part of Timespace, which also featured Tori Foster and Jon Reed. We each explore alternative, singular ways of representing our experience of time in space, employing three distinct techniques to combine visual information from multiple frames into a single, synthetic image. Tori Foster creates low-fidelity portraits of movement through a two-dimensional plane over the span of several seconds, while Jon Reed captures the essential character, experience and memory of a particular city street by layering successive images taken at regular intervals. Timespace was part of Exposed: Depictions, Discoveries, Discussion & Debate, which itself is part of CONTACT, Toronto's annual month-long festival of photography.


This work is derived from imagery collected from May to July 2007, when I participated in the Beijing Architectural Studio Enterprise. There, we collaborated with Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei and American architects Robert Mangurian and Mary-Ann Ray on projects that documented the rapidly changing conditions of Cao Chang Di, a village on the outskirts of Beijing. My first project was a series of six portraits of villagers. The portraits were accompanied by excerpts of interviews in which they were asked their opinions about the changes taking place in the village. Two examples are shown below.



A selection from this body of work will be included in an exhibition to be held at WORKShop Toronto, opening January 23, 2010.