Mandy Lee Jandrell was born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1975, and first studied art at the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg where she matriculated in 1993. She completed her BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art with distinction, at Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, in 1998. While still a student, she was a member of the collaborative Sluice Group, that produced a major multi-media installation and performance event in 1996 at The Castle of Good Hope. Sluice went on to be selected by curators Colin Richards and Okwui Enwezor for the Second Johannesburg Biennale in 1997, producing a large scale installation in The South African National Gallery. Jandrell has lived in the UK since 1998, where she continues to live and work.
Since completing her MA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, London in 2003, Mandy Lee Jandrell’s lens based work has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally. Her inclusion in the Whitechapel Gallery’s East End Academy in 2004 brought her work to a wider audience. Soon after, she was commissioned by the Government Art Collection to produce a series of 5 works (from a body of work shot in China the previous year), for an exhibition in Ante Room of 10 Downing Street.
Solo exhibitions have included: Safari at Bearspace in London (2005); Where the Grass is Green, at Mead Gallery, University of Warwick (2004), and Take Photo Here, at Joao Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa, (2004). Groups shows have included: Eventually Everything Connects, Solent Showcase, Southampton (2015); /Seconds, Sharjah Art Foundation, United Arab Emirates (2014); Changing Spaces, Photofusion, London (2008); Latitude NYC, NYCams Gallery, New York (2008); Reclaimed, Focalpoint Gallery, Southend-on-sea (2007); Make it a Better Place, Holden Gallery, Manchester (2007); Zoo Art Fair, London (2006); New Utopia, at Bearspace, London (2006); 8x8x8 MSP/NYC/LON, at The Soap Factory, in Minneapolis, USA (2006); Green, Winchester Gallery, University of Southampton (2006); London Now, The Arts Center, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA (2005); Mooimarkshow Wien-Johannesburg, at the Kunsthalle Exnergasse in Vienna (2005); Cinderella, London (2004), UK; X-hibition, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London (2004) and the East End Academy, Whitechapel Gallery, London, (2004).
Over 2006 she worked with Bob and Roberta Smith, Jessica Voorsanger and The Serpentine Gallery on a project with The North East London Mental Health trust. The results of the collaboration with users of the trust were shown in an exhibition titled “Hearing Voices/ Seeing Things” at the Serpentine Gallery with a publication to coincide with the project.