Jesse Jones is a Dublin based artist. She studied Sculpture at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. Her films and videos explore historical gestures of communal culture through processes of disruption and ambiguity which may hold resonance in our current, social and political landscape. Jones often employs Brechtian theatre techniques of estrangement to play out narrative s of conflicted or dystopic communities. Drawing from the archival research she has recently developed works with transcripts of encounter therapy groups from the late 60s and early 70s. Using these as scripts to be performed by actors as verbatim theatre, the script becomes a dramatization of the moment of origin rather than re-enactment. With a strong reference to the history of cinema, Jones use melodrama and performance to heighten the re experiencing of the archival material. Seeing group therapy as script reveals the interpersonal exchanges and textures of gender, sexuality, race and class as the fabric of social construction itself.
Solo exhibitions The Other North, Artsonje Centre, Seoul (2013) The Other North, The Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry (2013). Sleepwalkers, the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, (2012); The Struggle Against Ourselves, Spike Island, Bristol (2012); The Struggle Against Ourselves, REDCAT, Los Angeles (2011). She also took part in Real DMZ project, on the border of North and South Korea in summer 2013. 2014: Otherwise, Alternativa Festival WYSPA, Gdansk, Poland; Invisible Violence, Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade and ARTIUM Basque Country; The Talking Cure, Oakville Galleries, Toronto and IMA Brisbane, Australia. Upcoming exhibitions include: Primal Architecture, Irish Museum of Modern Art , autumn 2014; Seoul Media City Biennnial, SEMA Seoul Museum of Art 2014. Solo Exhibition: The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin.