Jonathan Mark Jackson // Black Yankees

“Black Yankees will be a multi-channel video and photographic installation that will ask viewers to briefly consider the presence and history of Black Americans in New England during the 19th century.”

Jonathan Mark Jackson is a student currently enrolled at Amherst College, pursuing a Bachelors of Art degree in within the Art & The History of Art department. Since moving to Amherst in 2014, photography has situated itself at the head of Jackson’s creative practice. Using self-portraiture as a base system of measurement, Jackson’s work seeks to engage with historical facts through objects, landscape, and the human form to produce pieces that acknowledge the reality of the past. While also calling attention to the mysterious forces that cloud, torment, and stall the formation of a Black American identity. In April 2017, Jackson received the Athanasios Demetrios Skouras prize from the department of Art & The History of Art at Amherst, and the Wise Award for Studio Art from the Mead Art Museum. In 2019, Jackson received the Student Award for Innovations in Imaging from the Society for Photographic Education. You can find his work on his website, or you can find him on Instagram @jonathanmarkjackson!

Jackson explained his interest in FNO: “I am excited to participate in Florence Night Out as it will be my first ‘public’ exhibition experience. I am, of course, interested in the history of Florence as an industrial village during the 19th century, its connection to abolitionist movements in the Northeast, and the later life of Sojourner Truth.” We cannot wait to see his Mobile Art Box this year!