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Jessa Fairbrother

Photography, performance and needle are central to my practice. I use the body-as-site to explore communal meanings, concerned with making explicit the moment when performed gesture and gaze of the viewer collide. Emotional exchanges between artwork and audience was sparked by originally training as an actor, working in journalism, and nurtured by an MA in Photographic Studies (University of Westminster 08-10). I now perform in my still images, piercing and embroidering to employ process as action.



A series of unique hand-marked analogue black and white photographic prints.


  • MA Photographic Studies, University of Westminster (2008-10)

  • Conversations with my mother (artist book) Yale Centre for British Art; Tate Britain; V&A; Museum of Fine Art, Houston.
  • Reframing sex work (illustrations) [online] Wellcome Collection

  • The Photographers’ Gallery, London: Constellations and Coordinates (2019)
  • Birmingham University: Armour Studies (Regarding Skin) (2019)

  • Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool/Portcullis House, London: 209 Women (2019)
  • The Photographers’ Gallery, London: Work in Process (2018)
  • Anzenberger Gallery, Vienna: Handmade IV (2018)
  • Yale Center for British Art, New Haven: A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions (2017)

  • Tate St. Ives ‘The Bristol Art Library’ (Assistant Librarian) (2018)
  • The Freud Museum: Conversations with my mother (2017)

  • Photo London (2019)
  • Photo London (2018)
  • Unseen Amsterdam (2018)
  • Parallel Vienna (2017)

  • Arts Council Emergency Fund Grant (2020)
  • a-n Bursary (2020) – Bursary for Professional Development
  • QEST (2019) Scholarship
  • Grain Portfolio Award at Format International Photography Festival (2017)

  • REDEYE Photogrpahy Network (2020)
  • Work Show Grow Instagram Live (2020)
  • London Art Fair (2020)
  • The Photographers’ Gallery (2019)
  • University West of England, Bristol (2018)
  • Manchester Metropolitan University (2018)
  • Birmingham City University (2016)
  • Sheffield Hallam University (2015)

  • Tate Papers, Conversations with my mother (2020)
  • Body: the photography book: Nathalie Herschdorfer, (Thames and Hudson)

  • The Photographers Gallery, London
  • Anzenberger Gallery, Vienna