Jason Kofke understands a culture through images of what has been abandoned, discarded, or abrogated. He uses art as salvage ethnography to attribute meaning to events and artifacts of the past. His projects empathize with communal historical experiences and attempt to make sense of the present through a re-exploration of a common history.
Kofke is a recipient of a 2015 ELEVATE (Atlanta) Award, a 2011 Artadia Grant and a 2009 Idea Capital Grant. He has been awarded residencies at The Canadian Wilderness Residency Program in Yukon, Canada, La Wayaka Current Desert Residency in the Atacama Desert, Chile, WAAW Analog Extreme residency in the Sahara of Mauritania, The Creative Project in Atlanta, Georgia, The Arctic Circle Project in Svalbard, Norway, Old School Residency in Gorna Lipnitsa, Bulgaria, Milkwood Residency in the Czech Republic, ARCUS Project in Moriya, Japan, Odysseys Residency in San Ramon, Costa Rica, Long Stories Project in Perm, Russia, ArtPrint Residence in Barcelona, Spain, Living Walls Conference in Atlanta, USA, the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China, and the Elizabeth Foundation in New York City, USA.
Kofke’s work has been exhibited at the A4 Center for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, Australia, the HIGH Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Telfair Museum in Savannah, Curious Matter Gallery in Jersey City, FLUX projects in Atlanta, Kai Lin Gallery in Atlanta, The Elizabeth Foundation in NYC, Fuse Gallery, NYC, The Gallery of China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China, Arthouse Gallery in Brooklyn, NYC, ARCUS Studio in Moriya, Japan, Artspace Gallery in Richmond, VA, and RED Gallery in Savannah GA.
He earned his BFA in 2005 and MFA in 2010 from The Savannah College of Art and Design as well as a Visiting Scholar Recognition from the China Academy of Art. Though Kofke's studio is based in Atlanta, he travels frequently for residency programs and photography expeditions abroad.