Terrain

Book Description

Agriculture is an unavoidable fact of African life: it accounts for 70% of employment on the continent, and 25% of its GDP. Whilst Nickerson's earlier work, Farm, concentrated on how individual identity is made through improvisation, Terrain takes a broader view, focusing on the synergy between cultivation, workers and the environment.
The result is a new kind of portraiture that steps away from photojournalism, refusing to merely illustrate statistics and moral indignation.
Terrain instead employs a reduced artistic language to draw attention to important debates around crop specialization, subsistence farming and food security.


Terrain is about human intervention in the natural landscape, the impact our presence has and the changes it brings about and how, for better and for worse, the world that we make, in turn, changes who we are.

About Nickerson, Jackie

Jackie Nickerson was born in the USA. Her work is held in many important private and public collections and has been exhibited in numerous venues, including the Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art, Salzburg; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels; National Portrait Gallery, London and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.