Valda Jackson explores a history shared by many migrants. Her concerns relate to dislocation and identity. She employs memory fragments and historical truths to re-call and re-imagine the past, questioning our present and perhaps to impact the future through visual art, writing and performance.
Her work calls upon her experience of a Jamaican British heritage, of growing up in a culture that sits, at times uncomfortably, within another that is larger, dominant, and imperial. Recurring are images of the child at play, and Seated Women. Jackson’s work is about our existence. It is about survival, individual entitlement and privilege and dignity above all.
Recent projects include: Literary Archaeology, a collaborative project with The University of Bristol Department of English, Bristol Black Writers, and archaeologists from The University of Cambridge and The University of Exeter.
Presented papers: Framing the Critical Decade, After the Black Arts Movement, seminar at the History of Art Department, The University of Bristol; What’s Happening in Black British History, conference at Watershed, Bristol (both 2016.)