Jessica Chappe (Los Angeles, CA) is a documentary photographer. Her project-based work focuses on how people find belonging through community, place and the self. She believes in the power of collaboration and storytelling through using mixed media to expand our understanding of humanity and what keeps us connected. 

Her residency with Basilica is influenced by the practice of oral history as she focuses on documenting and interviewing members from our Hudson, NY community who can speak to the Hudson waterfront and the impacts of the current climate crisis.

Chappe plans to seek out locals who grew up with the waterfront and its old industrial history to tap into what attracted people to come here and environmental activists who are actively working to combat the ongoing pollution. She will explore these themes through oral history records, portraits and environmental photographs resulting in a podcast and photo essay.

Chappe graduated from Bard College with a BA in photography in 2016. She lives and works in Hudson Valley, NY. She was shortlisted in 2020 for the Open Competition and Alpha Female Awards in the Sony World Photography Awards. Chappe’s photo essay, Inside a 22-Person Pandemic Pod in a Hudson Valley Hotel was featured in Curbed, NY, an outlet of New York Magazine and went viral in July 2021. Chappe was hired by Times Union Hudson Valley to reflect on the man who coined the name, Witchcraft District, through interviewing and documenting the community. The piece A Look Inside Poughkeepsie’s Witchcraft District was published on October 4, 2021. Her most recent piece, The Faces of a Changing Hudson, shares the voices of newcomers and local Hudson residents reflecting on their roles within the community, how the community has been affected in the past two years due to the migration wave, and solutions for how we can strengthen the divide. As part of her artist residency with Basilica, she has taken the Oral History Workshop to influence her upcoming project. 

The Hudson As Muse Basilica Back Gallery Artist In Residence Series is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

The Hudson As Muse Basilica Back Gallery Artist In Residence Series is supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the New York State Governor and the New York State Legislature.