Jason Francisco (born 1967, California) is an artist and essayist. Joining 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 Alive and Destroyed: A Meditation on the Holocaust in Time (Daylight Books, 2021), The Camp in its Afterlives (2010-2018), An Unfinished Memory (2014-2018), After the American Century (2002-2018), Big City (1989-2022), Far from Zion: Jews, Diaspora, Memory (Stanford University Press, 2006), and The Villages: Rural India at the End of the Twentieth Century (1990-1997). He is also the author of numerous limited edition photobooks, web-based installations, experimental films, hybrid photo-text writings, reportages, essays, and poems in translation. This website contains some 200 of his works made between 1990 and 2023.
In 2016, Francisco co-founded FestivALT, an annual festival of experimental Jewish art, performance and activism in Kraków, Poland, and has served variously as co-director, curatorial chair, and other capacities. At Emory University, Francisco is a member of the Film and Media department. He received his education at Columbia University, King's College London, and Stanford University.