Jessica Auer: A New World

Jessica Auer: A New World
International Photography Grant 2019

After spending several years following in the footsteps of the Nordic explorers that first encountered the New World, Jessica Auer travelled to Greenland where a team of Danish archeologists work on the restoration of the world’s best-preserved Norse ruins. In this landscape, somewhere between the Old and the New Worlds, layers of history drift from one stratum to another. Stones that may once have supported a ruin now punctuate the walls of a modern house. Other stones, previously shifted to new purposes, are shifted back to restore an archaeological site.

Gardar Stone, Igaliku, Greenland, 2014, C-print, 24"x30" © Jessica Auer

Gardar Stone, Igaliku, Greenland, 2014, C-print, 24″x30″ © Jessica Auer

Jessica Auer is a documentary-style landscape photographer from Montreal. Her work is broadly concerned with the study of cultural sites, focusing on themes that connect place, journey and cultural experience. Jessica received her MFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University in 2007 and has since exhibited across Canada and abroad. Her work is held in various private and public collections, including the Musée des Beaux Arts du Québec, the Canada Council Art Bank and the Cirque du Soleil.

Website: jessicaauer.com

Igaliku Church, Greenland, 2014, C-print, 24"x30" © Jessica Auer

Igaliku Church, Greenland, 2014, C-print, 24″x30″ © Jessica Auer

Ruins and Café, Brattahlid (Quassiarsuk), 2014, C-print, 40"x50" © Jessica Auer

Ruins and Café, Brattahlid (Quassiarsuk), 2014, C-print, 40″x50″ © Jessica Auer

Quassiarsuk Church, Greenland, 2014, C-print, 24"x30" © Jessica Auer

Quassiarsuk Church, Greenland, 2014, C-print, 24″x30″ © Jessica Auer

Igaliku Home, Greenland, 2014, C-print, 24"x30" © Jessica Auer

Igaliku Home, Greenland, 2014, C-print, 24″x30″ © Jessica Auer

Hvalsey Church, Greenland, 2014, C-print, 40"x50" © Jessica Auer

Hvalsey Church, Greenland, 2014, C-print, 40″x50″ © Jessica Auer

Ruins, Gardar, Greenland, 2014, C-print, 24"x30" © Jessica Auer

Ruins, Gardar, Greenland, 2014, C-print, 24″x30″ © Jessica Auer

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International Photography Grant 2019