Jasmine Clark

Not Just Another Pretty Face 2019

Program Overview


Jasmine Clark

My name is Jasmine Clark. I moved to Chicago in 2013 from California to pursue my MFA in
Photography. I currently work as an adjunct professor in photography, a teaching artist, and as a
freelance photographer. My art practice consists of medium and large format (color and black & white)
film photography and bookmaking. I provided examples to show a range of work I’ve made since 2013.

3 of the provided images are from my project, After Eisenhower. These large-scale color film
photographs are shaped by my upbringing in a military community. This environment profoundly informed
my visual language, personal politics, sense of self, and my awareness of nationalism in American
culture. As an African American who identifies as queer, my own conflicted views of the military spurred
my curiosity about its role in American life. My work probes how American patriotic identity manifests
when its symbols, e.g., are conflated with complex and polarizing issues. One question I continually
asked myself for this current body of work is ‘How is patriotism learned and sustained without any direct
military relationship and in a society that oppresses any aspect of your identity?’ The question is
personally motivated, but also stems from a deeper interest in how institutions shape and dictate how ‘we’
view society.

The 4th image is a portrait from a commissioned portrait project of Chicago area Veterans. I
worked on the project for DePaul University’s Big Shoulder Books. The book was published in 2015
included this portrait and a few others. The 5th image is a test image for a new project. The image is a
test scan/test shot of a very recent portrait I made with an 8x10in camera on 8x10in black and white film. I
am very interested in exploring this camera with portraiture.







For more information or to commission a unique work of art through Not Just Another Pretty Face, contact Maria Nelson at mnelson@hydeparkart.org or 773.324.5520 x1014.