Jessie Boylan

Photography, video and sound artist

Jessie Boylan is a photography, video and sound artist based on Dja Dja Wurrung country in Central Victoria, Australia. They are interested in the role art plays in environmental and social justice issues and likes to work in collaboration with others to make sense of our times. Jessie is a member of Lumina, an Australian photography collective and the Atomic Photographers Guild, an international group who aim to render visible all aspects of the nuclear age. Jessie was a key artist in the community arts project Nuclear Futures initiative, which linked artists with atomic survivor communities world-wide and have long been involved with the anti-nuclear movement in Australia, including with Friends of the Earth and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICANW). They are a current PhD candidate within the School of Art at RMIT University- exploring the ways in which art can address the implications of slow climate emergencies and loss of biodiversity. Jessie has exhibited nationally and internationally, including The Art Gallery of Ballarat, The Bendigo Art Gallery, The Big Anxiety Festival (UNSW Galleries), Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Hiroshima Bank, Japan, Rocky Flats Cold War Museum, Arvada, Colorado, the Museum of Modern Art, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and was part of ‘Black Mist Burnt Country; Testing the Bomb, Maralinga and Australian Art’, a National Touring exhibition between 2016-2019. Jessie’s academic writing has been published in American Quarterly, Unlikely, Journal for Creative Arts, The Journal of Pacific History & The Journal of Global Change, Peace and Security. You can see Jessie’s work via their website below.

Jessie Boylan