Approved: 21.09.2015

Quilla Constance

Artist, Lecturer / academic, Writer

Approved: 21.09.2015

"Quilla Constance over-identifies with the failures of the Punk movement and through
this accelerates her rundown DIY aesthetic, which operates as a viral infection within
the easily consumed contemporary pop scene"

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    Biography

    "Quilla Constance over-identifies with the failures of the Punk movement and through
    this accelerates her rundown DIY aesthetic, which operates as a viral infection within
    the easily consumed contemporary pop scene"

    Kirsten Cooke: artist, curator, PhD candidate University of Reading, and co-author of the project Material Conjectures.

    ABOUT QUILLA CONSTANCE

    Quilla Constance, 'QC', is the creation of artist Jennifer Allen.

    QC over-identifies with an 'exotic' militant punk persona to traverse pop culture and interrogate category-driven capitalist networks.

    QC formulates interventions via an interdisciplinary practice of paintings, lectures, photographs, costumes, live performances and music videos.

    QC is deployed by Allen to locate points of agency within hegemonic systems of power.

    QC's live performance work has been noted for its 'unflinching physical narrative performed entirely through breath, posture and non-verbal sounds: panting like a dog, sex noises, then laughter, pure guttural anger, and back again'  Megan Vaughan, The Stage, 2015.

     

    CV & Education

    Quilla Constance, 'QC' is the creation of English artist, lecturer and curator, Jennifer Allen (Born Birmingham 1980). Allen lives and works in London.

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

     
    Solo Exhibitions

    2017: *Upcoming 'Transcending The Signified' Old Fire Station Gallery, Oxford, Funded by Arts Council England.

    2017: 'Transcending The Signified' The Museum of Contemporary Art London, Funded by Arts Council England.

    2016: '#QC' The Kendrew Barn, St John's College, University of Oxford, Funded by Arts Council England.
    2016:  '#QC' The Vaults Gallery, London (VAULTS Festival 2016) Funded by Arts Council England.
    2015: 'PUKIJAM' 198 Contemporary Arts, Funded by Arts Council England, Diversity Art Forum, TrAIN Research Centre, South London Art Map, UAL and Lambeth Council. Exhibition curated by Maria Kheirkhah.
    2014: 'QUILLA GUERRILLA ridicules bogus feminist posturing', BBC Broadcasting House.
    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: 'ARTLINKART Residency and Exhibition', BizArt Art Centre, 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, performances and symposia:

    2017: 'Transcending The Signified' Symposium, UAL, Funded by Arts Council England.

    2016: '#QC' Symposium, Toynbee Studios, ArtsAdmin London, Funded by Arts Council England.

    2015: 'Performing the Unconscious' Freud Museum, London.
    2015: 'PUKIJAM Screening': 2000 Women Big Party, Barn Gallery, St John's College, University of Oxford.
    2015:'(Dis) identifications: Gender as Material' Institute of Contemporary Arts, London.
    2015: 'PUKIJAM Symposium: Deconstructing Identities' hosted by TrAIN Research Centre, The Banqueting Hall, Chelsea College of Arts.
    2014: 'Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing' - QC Guest Lecture and Screening,
    The Freud Museum, London.
    2014 'Ruskin Shorts', Modern Art Oxford, VJAZZLED video screening.
    2014 'Visiting artist and guest speaker', University of Reading Visual Arts Department.
    2013 'FIERCE 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.
    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.
    2010 'Concrete Allotment Projects' Hoxton Square, curated by Kristen Lovelock and Jo Wilmot.
    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 Part 2' 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 'Goods to Declare' Residency and Exhibition - MFA International, Bezalel Academy 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
    2001 'Bloomberg New Contemporaries' Screening at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art.
    2001 'Bloomberg New Contemporaries' Screening at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.