Jess Atieno maintains a practice informed by inquiries on place, home and dispossession through the lens of the postcolonial. Atieno sees herself as carrying inscriptions of a colonial past. Studying as an adult in the US made her increasingly unable to situate herself in a static reality of belonging.
With this inspiration, Atieno time travels into history through its material remains: historical photographs, maps and documents, employing them in prints, installations and tapestry. She turns to the idea of place as the transformative site of hybridity that offers alternative strategies for and models of representation within the post-colonial.