Jessica Antola photographed 5 mini powerhouses in the Spring shoe feature for Refinery29.”Being a girl is a symbol of power and kindness and I believe that girls hold the future in their hands. I love being a girl.” – Clementine, Age 10
PDN Photo Annual announced their 2018 awards for outstanding photography and multimedia. The awards feature the best work of the past year as judged by a panel of 29 experts in the field. We are excited to announce that our artists Justin Fantl and Jessica Antola have been presented with the esteemed award! Below are images from their awarded categories. Congratulations Justin and Jessica!
Justin Fantl for Palm Springs Life, Editorial Award
Justin Fantl, Self-Promo/Website Award
Jessica Antola, “My Mother” Series, Personal Work Award
We are thrilled to announce that Jessica Antola’s first monograph Circadian Landscape (published by Damiani) is now available for pre-order via Amazon. Circadian Landscape makes its official release March 27th. Stay tuned for book signings in both New York and Los Angeles. Congrats Jessica!
Circadian Landscape is a vibrant journey through Sub-Saharan Africa. Traveling mostly by car, Jessica Antola captures the distinctive style and beauty of everyday life in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Ethiopia, Senegal, and Togo. Her striking portraits, landscapes, and vignettes offer an intimate view of life lived in rural villages, big cities, and along the remote roadways between the two. Men dressed head to toe in elaborate African wax textiles share a motorcycle, ancestral spirits bridge earthly and supernatural worlds in masked dances, the rich red soil dusts the lush tropical jungle, a girl in an oversized straw hat steers her boat with a boldly patterned patchwork sail, and a gold jewellery-clad Kumasi king performs a warrior dance. Just as Antola is captivated by how people around the world express themselves in relation to their environments, so do these images reflect this: the astonishing variety of ways people create and define themselves daily, over and over again, through dress and ritual, work and play.
Jessica Antola released new work from her ongoing personal series, “Mother.”
Jessica says about the inspiration behind the project, “Mother is rooted in my childhood memories of playing in my mom’s closet and discovering a treasure trove of old and new; things she bought in Kashmir or Iran in the 1960’s, mixed with finds from a Neiman Marcus Last Call Sale in the 1980’s. I can still feel her elegant fabrics against my skin when she held me as a child. Her style has always been her own. Now in her 70’s, her petite figure wears everything as beautifully as I recall. In this series my focus is on her body, portraying her form as my distinct memory. Only her hands show the passage of time.” We are thrilled to see more from Jessica and her mother, Iris, as this series unfolds.