Jamila Clarke: "The Stories People Tell"
“Every story starts with a truth and then through the passage of time, the telling of one person to the next, it becomes an exaggeration, a fantasy, a lie. But stripped of its trappings and embellishments, at its root there is still a truth—something that resonates with each storyteller who passes it along.”
The Stories People Tell brings together multiple series of Jamila Clarke's photographic work—including new images making their first gallery appearance—that serve as visual interpretations of folktales from the artist's contemporary perspective. Clarke's interest in these stories stems from the underlying truths that are often encased in the theatrics of magic and fantasy, elements that she seamlessly folds into each captivating photograph she constructs.
Jamila Clarke is a fine art photographer whose focus is conceptual portraiture. She was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She studied Studio Art with a focus in Fine Art Photography/Digital Video at Oberlin College. Her work uses practical effects and digital postprocessing to stretch the truth to explore things that are experienced internally and usually unseen. Her work has been featured in various galleries and publications around the United States.