Photograph by Marcel Mazik
With Polish ethnobotanist Karol Szurdak; photograph by Asya Gefter
Oświęcim, Poland, photography by Tomek Strug
Jason Francisco is an acclaimed artist and essayist. Bringing together documentary and conceptual art, his photoworks and writings focus on the complications of historical memory, and new directions in the art of witness. Much of his work concerns the inheritance of trauma, specifically concerning Jewish experience in eastern Europe.
Francisco's large-scale projects include The Villages: Rural India at the End of the Twentieth Century (1990-1997), Far from Zion: Jews, Diaspora, Memory (Stanford University Press, 2006), The Steerage and Alfred Stieglitz (University of California Press, 2012), After the American Century (2002-2012), An Unfinished Memory (Galicia Jewish Museum, Kraków, 2014), A Dialogue with Lewis Hine (2016), Alive and Destroyed: A Meditation on the Holocaust in Time (2010-2018), The Camp in its Afterlives (2010-2018), and A Chinatown Document (1990-2018). He is also the author of numerous limited edition photobooks, hybrid photo-text writings, reportages, essays, and poems in translation.
Francisco is the co-founder and co-director of FestivALT, a program of radical and experimental Jewish art based in Kraków, Poland. At Emory University, Francisco is an associate professor in the department of Film and Media Studies.