janet e. dandridge is an Interdisciplinary Artivist who encourages awareness and discourse around, as well as solutions to, ideologies that perpetuate injustice. janet intersplices theatrical performance, photography, empirical data, identity politics and whimsy into a keen reflection on social constructs and governing policies. Primarily using performance art, interactive installations, and abstract photography, janet examines trauma and resilience, geometric therapy, normalized racism, Otherness, and the power of Black women. As an example of her work, in Amendment: Knell of a Nation (AKN), janet uses her body as a beacon of strength to physically remove the dehumanizing and marginalizing weight of greed embedded in the symbolism of the American flag. Spirituality, the personal empirical, and collective actions are key components that guide janet in her creations.
janet volunteers as a Creative Consultant for various human rights organizations such as the Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders and Population Connection Action Fund. In her international project, FLUIDITY, she facilitates artistic exchanges for individuals who desire to affect social and political change through the creation of collaborative projects in-person or in the digital space. janet poses the question, "What are you actively doing to activate space as an Activist; as an Artist?"
In 2017 and 2018, janet was named Artist Laureate by Institut Français, Paris. janet’s work has been exhibited at the Abrons Arts Center (New York City, NY, 2019), LA Louver (Los Angeles, CA, 2015), photoLA (Los Angeles, CA, 2014-2015), Consortium for Research of Women (Davis, CA, 2013), and the National Steinbeck Center (Salinas, CA, 2012). She has performed internationally at Esplanade de La Défense for FLUX CONTROL (Paris, France, 2018), facilitated public forums at Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris, France, 2017) and led workshops at Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts Paris – Cergy (Cergy & Paris, France, 2018). janet's work has been featured on CNN and TV One; and is included in the collection of The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.
She earned her Master of Fine Arts from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, and her Bachelor of Science from St John’s University in New York City.