Jessica Hankey

Umbrella Art Center Artcubator Residency

September 2019 - January 2020

Artist Statement

Preparing for an exhibition at SPACE in Portland, ME in early 2020, Jessica Hankey is taking advantage of all that our interdisciplinary center has to offer through The Artcubator. Hankey is 2019 Massachusetts Cultural Council's Film & Video Fellowship recipient and will continue to work on Le Survivant a film currently in progress among other works. Le Survivant draws on an evolving interest in performance as a mode for exploring individual subjectivities in relationship to larger institutions.  This project is the final installment in a trilogy of video installations made with the members of a historic women’s club. In this work, one member of the club works with a performance coach to craft a narrative about her life within the format of a one-woman show: a performance that follows her search for love and decision to marry an art collector in exchange for half a million dollars.  Throughout, the clubhouse provides a structure for the consideration of the collision between one woman’s desires and economic forces.