Jessica Bardsley is a camera-based artist and critical writer. Her research and creative practice have focused on the importance of personal and cultural memory, affect, and the archival.
Her moving image and photographic works evoke poetic narratives to explore the historical, personal and affective topographies of specific places. Layering personal and archival materials, each piece is self-reflexive and honest about its own "situated-ness," while generating multiple entry points—cracks through which the viewer might empathize, identify or piece together.
Bardsley’s work has screened across the United States, and internationally at esteemed venues such CPH:DOX, Visions du Réel, Antimatter Film Festival, European Media Arts Festival, Kasseler Dokfest, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, Images Festival, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Rooftop Films and more.
She is the recipient of a Princess Grace Award in Film, a Flaherty Fellowship, Director's Choice at the Black Maria Film and Video Festival, Grand Prix at 25FPS, and the Eileen Maitland Award at the Ann Arbor Film Festival.
Bardsley received an MFA in film, video, new media and animation, and an MA in visual and critical studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.