“Jill Frank’s epic portraits of young people as they enact the various social rituals and systems of play that ultimately inform their identity or sense of self reveal the vulnerability, the potential, as well as the humor, of American youth.” – Raina Lampkins-Fielder, Curator, Souls Grown Deep Foundation, Atlanta
Jill Frank is an Atlanta-based artist and educator. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography at Georgia State University. Reviews of her work have appeared in Art Forum, Art in America and The Paris Review. She has had solo shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia. She attended School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA studio art) and Bard College (BA Photography).
Working primarily in photography and video to explore the ideologies and aesthetics that shape teenage life, her large-scale photographs and sound/video installations reveal the struggle to present one’s identity within unstable environmental, political and social contexts. Diverging from traditional documentary forms, Frank uses sound, scale, repetition and staging to record conquests and games, where representation plays a decisive and transformative role.