Jess MacCormack’s interdisciplinary practice engages with the intersection of institutional violence and the socio-political reality of personal trauma. Working with communities and individuals affected by stigma and oppression, MacCormack uses cultural platforms and distribution networks to facilitate collaborations which position art as a tool to engender personal and political agency.
MacCormack’s digital work has been shared through various online platforms, such as Giphy, Tumblr, VICE Creator’s project, PAPER Mag, Art F City and even the White House Tumblr. Their animations have been screened internationally at festivals such as Ottawa International Animation Festival, MIX-26 the New York Queer Experimental Film Festival, Transcreen Amsterdam Transgender Film Festival, LA Film Fest at UCLA, Inside Out, Imaginative Film Festival and International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA).
Jess has an MFA in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies from the Bauhaus University (2008) and was an Assistant Professor of Studio Arts at Concordia University (2010-2013). Currently MacCormack teaches Contemporary Critical Art Theory at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.