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Art, Society, Nature Takeover—Zoe Amanda Jackson

Our sixth Photographic Resident to takeover our feed is Zoe Amanda Jackson.

Zoe Amanda Jackson is a Dover based photographer whose work highlights the importance of talking about mental health issues as there is often a stigma attached to this subject. Mental Health is important and personal to Zoe as social anxiety is a condition she has lived with from an early age. Anxiety can be difficult to explain to people who haven’t experienced it so by focusing on personal subjects like this, Zoe can express herself through photography to convey what people feel and her own emotions as well.

Zoe graduated in Photography from Canterbury Christ Church University in 2017 and her work was recently shortlisted for the Everyday Beauty Exhibition at the Photo Co-op in Folkestone. Also, her work has been exhibited in various places such as the Old Truman Brewery, Safehouse 1 and Sidney Cooper Gallery.

"Back in March 2020 at the start of the lockdown, being isolated to my local area was a chance to explore the place that I had only lived in for 9 months. I became more connected to the environment around me as the only way to have a bit of normality was to go for a walk. The environmental impact from the pandemic was all around me from finding numerous disposable gloves and masks on the floor all the time. This negative impact was becoming a real concern and I came across the term Eco-anxiety, the fear of environmental damage."

"It’s been fantastic to get into a studio again after such a long time. The facilities at The Margate School have been fantastic and was a great space to create my work while being around other creatives in the school too. The body of work is still a work in progress and after the residency I hope to interview more people on this topic to help raise awareness of a potential future disaster that could be more devastating than the COVID pandemic."

Zoe and the rest of the Photographic Residents will be displaying the work they have done in their group exhibition June 11—18

To see more of Zoe's work head to her website

To find out more about the facilities the residents have been using follow the link here