Nickerson makes photographs that examine identity within specific working environments.
Her first body of work, FARM, was made over a three-year period in rural locations all over southern Africa. It concentrated on how individual identity is made through improvisation. This was published by Jonathan Cape in September 2002. (German edition, ‘Leben Mit Der Erde’, published by Frederking and Thaler, 2002; French edition, ‘Une Autre Afrique’, published by Flammarion 2002. In 2007 SteidlMACK published ‘Faith’ with a French edition under the title ‘Fides’.
Her most recent work, TERRAIN, is an investigation into labour and agricultural environments in sub-Saharan Africa. TERRAIN focuses on the synergy between cultivation, workers and the environment, employing a reduced artistic language to draw attention to important debates around crop specialisation, subsistence farming and food security.
Nickerson was born in Boston, USA in 1960. Her work is held I many important private and public collections and has been exhibited in numerous venues including the Santa Barbara Museum of Art ; Museum of Modern Art, Salzburg; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels; National Portrait Gallery, London and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.
She is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York.