b. 1980, United Kingdom
Quilla Constance (abbreviated to QC) is a British Interdisciplinary Artist, Lecturer and TV Personality of (black) Jamaican and (white) British heritage. QC deploys her practice concurrently across the media of live performances, paintings, costumes, photographs, and music videos – strategically staging these artworks across varied contexts such as: art galleries, lecture halls, theatrical venues, music clubs, social media, the street, and mainstream television. Her practice seeks to conflate and activate the intersections between these cultural zones/learned categories, to agitate, amuse and surprise audiences – ultimately highlighting the absurdity of hegemonic systems of categorisation which are often injurious, since (according to theorists such as Peggy Phelan) they restrict and marginalise BAME, female, LGBTQ+ and working-class identities.
QC graduated from The Ruskin School of Art, St John’s College, University of Oxford, with a BA in Fine Art (First Class) and completed her MFA in Visual Arts (Distinction) at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She also studied classical acting at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, IDTA Freestyle Disco, and Latin American Dancing at Jane Rose School of Dance – as well as Classical Cello (Suzuki method)
QC’s artworks (performances and video installations) have exhibited and screened in the UK and overseas since 2000.