Jesse Jones is a Dublin-based artist. Her practice crosses the media of film, performance and installation. Often working through collaborative structures, she explores how historical instances of communal culture may hold resonance in our current social and political experiences. Jones’ practice is multi-platform, working in film installation, performance and sculpture. Her recent work proposes a re-imagining of the relationship between the Law and the body through speculative feminism. Using a form of expanded cinema she explores magical counter-narratives to the State drawn from suppressed archetypes and myth. She represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale 2017. Other recent exhibitions and projects prior to representing Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 2017, include the major new work In the Shadow of the State, with Sarah Browne, commissioned by Artangel (UK) and Create with funding support from Ireland 2016.
Tremble Tremble: National Pavilion at Venice in 2017.
Upcoming solo exhibitions include, ICA Singapore, 2017, Project art centre Dublin 2018, Talbot Rice gallery Edinburgh 2018.
Previous solo exhibitions include: NO MORE FUN AND GAMES, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane (2016); The Other North, Artsonje Centre, Seoul; CCA Londonderry (2013); Sleepwalkers, Hugh Lane Municipal Art Gallery, Dublin (2012); The Struggle against Ourselves, Spike Island, Bristol; REDCAT Los Angeles; The National Sculpture Factory, Cork (2011); The Spectre and the Sphere, Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto; (2009).
Against the Romance of Community, Swiss institute of contemporary art, New York (2016), Radical Actions RMIT Gallery, Melbourne (2016); The Eclipse of an Innocent Eye, National Gallery, Prague (2015); Primal Architecture, IMMA, Dublin; Ghosts, Spies, and Grandmothers, Seoul Media City Biennial, Seoul Museum of Art where she showed The Predicament of Man; Invisible Violence, Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade and ARTIUM, Basque country; The Talking Cure, Oakville Galleries Toronto and IMA Brisbane Australia (2014); Salon der Angst, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; The Real DMZ Project, Artsonje Centre, Seoul, Korea; Labour and lockout, Limerick City Gallery, Ireland; Above the Rim of the Glass, Signal, Malmo (2013); The Selfish Act of Community, CINACT, Serpentine Cinema, London; Proposition/When Genealogy becomes critique: performance event, New Museum, New York; Stages in the Revolution, Whitstable Biennial (2012) as well as the 11th Istanbul Biennial curated by WHW (2009)
Jesse Jones has also produced two major public art projects: In the Shadow of the State with Sarah Browne, commissioned by Artangel and Create, The Prosperity Project (2013-14) and 12 Angry Films (2005).
Jones has an MA in Visual Arts Practices from IADT, Dublin, and a BA Hons. Fine Art (Sculpture) from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. She lectures in Fine art in Crawford College of art in Cork.