Jessica Ingram (b. 1977 Nashville, TN) is based in Oakland, CA. She received degrees in photography and Political Science from NYU and her MFA from California College of Artsand Crafts. She is Assistant Professor in Graduate Fine Arts and Undergraduate Photography at California College of the Arts and Chair of the Undergraduate Photography Program.
Jessica Ingram’s photography and video practice is motivated by her desire to understand how people relate, what they long for, and what motivates the choices they make. Her recent bodies of work include A Civil Rights Memorial, about histories from the Civil Rights era in the American South. Working with photography, audio, and text, the work explores little known histories, and interweaves quiet landscape photographs of largely un-memorialized sites of atrocities and written accounts of the historic events and related court cases, with audio recollections of loss, trauma, and transformation. Hilltop High, a multi-year project about young mothers attending an alternative high school for pregnant teenagers in San Francisco explores a dramatic moment of transformation in the lives of the young women at the school. She is currently working on Love Rich Land, revealing rich yet marginal areas in the American South. Within photographic works of portraits in golden light and landscapes of dripping moss and abandoned sites of industry, Ingram examines ideas of power, disappearance, and continuous reconstruction in the American South.
Jessica’s work has been published and exhibited internationally. Jessica was awarded the 2012 Santa Fe Prize. Her work has been published in the New York Times, GUP, OjodePez, and Etiqueta Negra. As a principal member of Cause Collective, along with artists Hank Willis Thomas and Ryan Alexiev, Jessica has received multiple large scale public art commissions at the Birmingham International Airport in Alabama, and multiple commissions in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the Oakland International Airport, Oakland Museum of California, and SF Camerawork. Along the Way, a video she completed with the Cause Collective was an Official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival.