Jessica is a co-founder of FLYING roots, a curatorial collective seeking to extend research into socially engaged art and relational aesthetics as a bridge between theory and practice. Their most recent project is the MUSEUM OF GARBAGE Istanbul – a haptic and immersive exhibition that engages visitors with materials, facts, and visualizations of garbage while questioning the role of the individual consumer in the management of domestic waste. In addition to sharing knowledge and engaging in conversation with(in) new contexts and partners, FLYING roots also maintains a critical enquiry towards the position of curatorial practice in socio-economic activism.
Jessica graduated from the Erasmus Mundus MA course in International Performance Research through the Universities of Amsterdam, Belgrade, and Warwick. Her MA thesis Cycling Through Debris researched performance initiatives as tools for ecological intervention. Recently, Jessica has worked on The Last Leaf, an Iran-based collaboration using puppets to discuss ‘international peace and friendship’ and founded Contribute a Canister, an arts-activist initiative studying the ecology of drinking water. Jessica currently resides in Istanbul.