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Quilla Constance AKA Jennifer Allen

Page 1 | Biography

Born: 1980
Lives: Bedfordshire

Education
2004 - 2006 Goldsmiths College of Art: MA Fine Art (Distinction).
1998 - 2001 Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford:
BA (Hons) Fine Art (First Class).


Solo Exhibitions
2011: Visiting Artist and Lecturer, University of Kent Visual Arts Department.
2010: 176 London, 'JACKO' video screening, Zabludowicz Collection.
2009: 'Quilla Constance' Proud Camden.
2003: 'Artists-Link Residency and Exhibition', Biz-Art Gallery, Shanghai, China
(Funded by Arts Council England and The British Council).
2001: 'SKINS', Performance, Written and Directed by Jennifer Allen, Burton Taylor Theatre, Oxford (Funded by St John's College, University of Oxford).


Group Exhibitions
Selected exhibitions and performances:

2013 'FIERCE Art Festival', Birmingham, performance (Funded by Arts Council England).
2013 'NERD Nite, London', guest speaker and performer at Paper Dress Vintage.
2013 'Exquisite Corpse Screening + Workshops', Concrete Allotment Projects, Oxford.
2010 'Concrete Allotment Projects' Hoxton Square, curated by Kristen Lovelock and Jo Wilmot.
2011 'Turbulent Surfaces', curated by Kirsten Cooke, Brooke Theatre Kent.
2011 'You Bloom Music Awards', performance, Cobden Club, London,
hosted by Sir Bob Geldof.
2011 'Blitz Club Reunion' performance held at former Blitz Club, London,
hosted by Steve Strange and Rusty Egan.
2011 'Hackney Wicked Arts Festival' London, performance, main stage.
2011 'SUPERNORMAL Festival', performance at Brazier's Park, Oxford.
2011 'Art Saves Lives', Resonance FM, Live radio performance.
2011 'DEUS EX MACHINA' performance, George Tavern, London, curated by Jonas Ranson.
2008 'Sexual Visionaries, Love, Hate, Narcissism and Taboo'
176, London, Zabludowicz Collection. Video screening and performance curated by Jennifer Allen.
2007 'Dark Glasses' curated by Jackson Webb. The Standpoint Gallery, London
2007 'The Future Can Wait' London, curated by Zavier Ellis.
2007 Live performance in collaboration with poet, Tim Wells at The Spitz, London
2007 'The Dream of Putrefaction' exhibition curated by Dereck Harris, The Fieldgate Gallery, London .
2007 'Itchy Park', video screening, Limehouse Town Hall, London
2007 'The Dream of Putrefaction part I', curated by Dereck Harris, The Metropole Galleries, Folkestone .
2007 'Spit Roast' Gallery 33, Berlin, curated by Jennifer Allen.
2006 'MFA International' Airport, Terminal 1,Tel-Aviv, Israel,
(Funded by Arts Council England)
2005 'OMSK International Film & Video Festival' , screening, 291 Gallery, London
2003 'The Kiosk Project', screening at The Kiosk Gallery, London
2002 'Surf Nazis Must Die!' screening curated by Francis Summers.
The Hoxton Distillery Space, London
2001 'Bloomberg New Contemporaries' Screening at Camden Arts Centre, London
2001'Bloomberg New Contemporaries' Screening at Sunderland Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland.


Bibliography
Quilla Constance (also known as Jennifer Allen) is a British Video/Performance artist, Satirist and Costumier. Having graduated from The Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford (2001) with a BA in Fine Art, and Goldsmiths College, University of London with an in MA Fine Art, (2006); Quilla Constance currently combines her artistic concerns with live/recorded electro-punk music performances and video installations situated in a fine art, academic and mainstream pop context. Quilla's performances antagonize the consumption of her overt identity, fusing the fields of pop culture, entertainment and debate to challenge the way we participate as an audience in spectacle, media and politics. Her practice destabilizes the assumption that the function of an image or event is to convey a specific relation, meaning or effect to a viewer and seeks to intersect, decentre and cut the vista of images that make up and habituate our everyday experiences in order to rethink these spaces as potential sites for cultural and political difference.

Collections:
Jennifer Allen AKA Quilla Constance has video works in The Zabludowicz Collection, David Roberts, The Warden's Collection Goldsmith's College of Art, and private collections in the UK and overseas.


Grants/Awards
2006 MFA International Exhibition and Residency, Tel-Aviv, Israel, (Funded by Arts Council England)
2004 Artists-Link Residency Programme, Lasalle-Dhu International Design Space, Shanghai (Funded by Arts Council England and The British Council).
2001 Laurence Binyon Memorial Prize - Artists' Travel Award and Residency, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Funded by University of Oxford).



Projects
Quilla Constance: 2009-present

Publications
Quilla Constance is a regular contributor to La Bouche Zine, (a London based alternative news and culture zine) available from ICA Bookshop.

2007: Saatchi Online Review by Jane Neal:
http://magazine.saatchionline.com/articles/artnews/emerging_artist_of_the_week_je_2

2001: Bloomberg New Contemporaries Catalogue: http://www.cornerhouse.org/bookstore/product/bloomberg-new-contemporaries-2001


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