Janine Allen / The Brusher

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Janine Allen / The Brusher is a painter, intermedia artist and image philosopher who lectures in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein. In 2002, she became the laureate of the Unesco-Ashberg Residencies for Artists Program, attending the Sacatar Foundation in Bahia, Brazil. In 2010 she received an audience award at the South African 2010 Spier Contemporary Biennale in Cape Town. In 2012 she was invited to present her ongoing intermedia art and PhD project, The Visionary Brusher Game, to the Amaze/Interact international play and games conference in Johannesburg. In 2013 she was the guest curator of the exhibition entitled, Re-envisioning the Anglo Boer War, which probed the war’s influence on the shaping of apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa.

Recent international exhibitions in 2014-2016 include South Africa 10 x 15 @SA(Pratt Institute of Brooklyn, New York, USA); Ca’dei Carraresi , Treviso, Italy); Museo Bilotti, Rome, Italy; the 2015 Venice Biennale; and Dialogues (Orangerie, Paris, France). In 2016 she participated in a group exhibition, Performing wo(man)at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum and NWU Gallery, NWU, Potchefstroom.

Allen’s work is included in the Luciano Benetton Collection, Oliewenhuis Art Museum; Telkom; ABSA; University of the Free State; the Anglo Boer-War Museum Collection; SMAC Galleries and Modern Art Projects.