Braving age-old identity issues in a digital world
“Together with other local creatives, Jackson uses new media to tackle age-old problems that queer women still face today. In particular, she creates bold, eye-catching GIFs, many of which accompany Hard Earned, a series of coming-of-age stories Jackson wrote that depict issues relating to objectification, queerness, vulnerability, and body image. She is also a talented writer, holding a Master’s in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths.
By starting public conversations around topics that others may consider shameful, Jackson is contributing to a fairer representation of the queer community. Determined to tell these stories in as many ways as possible, her GIFs have been featured in digital exhibitions and local online publications. Jackson’s decision to reclaim a space designed for interaction and connection is deliberate. In doing so, she is building a platform that connects queer South Africans and allows them to feel seen, and safe.”