Atlanta, GA, United States
Artist and storyteller Jessica Hines, uses the camera’s inherent quality as a recording device to explore illusion and to suggest truths that underlie the visible world. At the core of Hines’ work lies an inquisitive nature inspired by personal memory, experience and the unconscious mind. Hines began to cultivate her creative disposition early in life and her love of the arts led her to attend Washington University in St. Louis, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Continuing to pursue her interests, she studied photography at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she received a Master of Fine Arts degree.
Hines’ lectures and exhibitions have been included at Palais de Glace Exhibition in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Kolga Tbilisi Photo, Tbilisi, Georgia, Belfast Photo Factory, Belfast, Northern Ireland, The Gallery of Photography, Dublin, Ireland, Unitec New Zealand Mâori: Te Whare Wânanga o Wairaka, in Auckland, New Zealand, Huazhong University in Wuhan, China, Sai Gon Thanh Pho Mo/Saigon Open City Gallery in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, Galleria de Artes Plasticas, Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, Mexico, GoEun Museum of Photography, Busan, Korea, China Pingyao International Photography Festival Pingyao, China, Fototage in Mannheim/Ludwigshafen, Germany, College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, as well as at University of the Arts in Philadelphia and the Spéos Photographic Institute in Paris, France.
Hines most recently won The Kolga Award for Best Experimental Photography, Kolga Tbislisi Photo in Tbilisi, Georgia, Humanitarian Documentary Grant in the WPGA Annual 2010 Pollux Awards, juried by Philip Brookman, Chief Curator and Head of Research at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, First Prize in Fine Art Portfolio in the World Wide Photography Gala Awards 2010, Grand Prize for portfolio in the Lens Culture International Exposure Awards 2010 and exhibited in the New York Photo Festival 2011 PhotoVisuara’s In Love and War, NYPH11, curated by Adriana Teresa, and exhibited in Subjective/Objective, curated by Elisabeth Biondi, 2011, New York, New York.
Jessica Hines’ work has been widely exhibited and published throughout the world in North and South America, throughout Asia, Europe, and Oceania, Her work continues to be seen in The New Yorker magazine.
"Things are not as they seem. Nor are they otherwise."
~ The Lankavatara Sutra
American photographer Jessica Hines' brother Gary was drafted to fight the war in Vietnam in the 1970s. He later took is own life. Hines used photography as a way to retrace his "footsteps" using his own photographs and his letters from the war as guides. It's a remarkable and very touching story. Winner 1st Prize, Portfolio Category, 2010 LensCulture Exposure Awards.