Jessica El Mal is an English-Moroccan artist and curator, dedicated to valuing time, care and human connection in everything she works on. With a particular interest in ecology and migration, her work is deeply personal, and yet draws on the universality of the human experience through a balance of digital techniques, aesthetics and interaction. The work tends to address global structures of power through critical research, multidisciplinary projects, and speculative future imaginaries often centred around collaboration, co-curation and collective knowledge systems.
Her project The Digital Forest commissioned by Signal Film and Media, Grizedale Arts and The Forestry Commission, explores how the online space can open up opportunities for sensory experiences of nature for diasporic communities. She also runs an art and nature group for migrant artists called This Garden Group which consists of workshops in a range of natural spaces, a peer support group, and a public-facing program to critique the role of botany in colonialism.