Jackson (they/she) lives and works on Wendat, Haudenosaunee, Anishnaabe territory. They identify as crip/queer of Scottish/white settler ancestry from mixed class background (of poverty and manual labour). As an artist/activist/academic, Jackson has worked for over 30 years within the long tradition of survival and resistance to colonial-capitalism as a system of violence and trauma. Their work includes prison abolition, anti-gentrification and community building with wageless and unhoused communities. They currently practices relational praxis art – a method that supports the political subjecthood, agency, informal economic practices and epistemic expertise of intersectionally marginalized communities. Jackson received their PhD in Environmental Studies at York University.
Currently I am researching and writing on the carceral continuum and how the logics of social violence infuse non-prison sites, specifically shelters for the unhoused, social housing and urban space. As an artist, I am also working with the Shelter Video Collective on a feature length experimental documentary video on conditions in a Toronto shelter designated for 'women.' The Shelter Video Collective is made up of, and centers, peoples with lived expertise of poverty, being unhoused and the shelter system alongside ally accomplices. I prioritize working across, and carefully attending to, multiple intersectional differences as a way to transgress the hierarchization of our bodies under cis-white-ablist-hetero-patriarchy. This includes grounding in a decolonial and abolitionist perspective as well as a political economy of marginalization.
Available to meet with individual students to discuss common areas of interest, for guest lectures and speaking events.
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