Jessica Auer is a documentary-style landscape photographer from Montreal. Drawing inspiration from history and archeology, her work is largely concerned the study of cultural sites. From the beaten track to the frontier, Jessica explores places where history and mythology are woven into the landscape, and where contemporary landscape issues emerge.
Jessica is a co-founder and co-director of Galerie Les Territoires in Montréal and teaches photography at Concordia University. She is represented by Patrick Mikhail Gallery in Ottawa. Of this series, Re-creational Spaces, she writes:
‘Since 2004, my fascination with tourism has led me to photograph popular destinations throughout North and South America. Images from this series show how landscape has been preserved, altered or commodified for sightseeing. This on-going project invites the viewer to consider the historical and cultural significance of these places as well question the tourist’s responsibility in observing these sites. Bearing in mind that the tourist industry moderates our understanding of place, I seek provoke reflection on personal experience, cultural authenticity and the collective memory of specific sites.’