janet e. dandridge

janet e. dandridge has established herself as a genre-defining Artivist (an artist and an activist). A Washington, DC native, residing between Los Angeles, DC, and Paris, janet has positioned herself amongst polymath artists whom mold media to propel global platforms that shift the consciousness of audiences. She moves within the tradition of conceptual artists such as Coco Fusco and Lorraine O’Grady, and photographers Gordon Parks and Lorna Simpson, whose work focuses on the social and political, as well as cosmic aesthetics, to create works that transform the traditional definitions of Fine Art.

Using political ideologies, social work, and intuition as the basis for her work, janet uplifts the personal empirical as a primary tool in connecting to the core of the human experience.

As a polymath, she explores concepts with performance art, acting, installations, collaborations, and photography.  Her photography is a constant study of the mathematical elements of imagery and its aesthetic pleasures enhanced through framing and spatial relationships.  The immersive environments activated by performance are formulated to provide levels of impact as energized and stand-alone works involving the presence and absence of the body.

janet continues to forge the bond between open-source and traditional models of economics by using her art practice as a strategic space with projects such as FLUIDITY - currently being developed as a free online database of artistic actions that can be used by individuals worldwide whom desire to implement social and political change through art. 

Her work is an intersectionality of appreciation and resistance, invoking awareness and agency of consciousness by inspiring the individual and collective to analyze the psychological effects of societal constructs.




 Aug 18, 2017, 6:00 AM – 6:00 AM

What will the South Side of Chicago look like in 2021? As we anticipate the construction of the Obama Presidential Center, this workshop brings South Side residents and University of Chicago students together to visualize our desired futures for our community. 



 Aug 27, 2017, 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM
 Connect Gallery

1520 S. Harper Court
Chicago, IL

Participants in Sankofa City Summer School: South Side Design Fiction Workshop present their visions for the future of our neighborhood, in the form of speculative design videos and objects that imagine new possibilities for public spaces.