Christopher Joshua Benton (SMACT ’23) was recently visited by CNN at Abu Dhabi Art.

Christopher Joshua Benton is a UAE-based artist working across installation, sculpture, photography, and film. He works closely with communities and within neighborhoods to instigate collaboration while sharing stories of power, labor, and hope. His practice explores how the working-class uses culture and innovation to stage resistance to postcolonial and neoliberal forces. He’s an avid collector of discarded material and obsesses over the entangled narratives these found objects embody.

He is currently pursuing his MS in Art, Culture, and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, through the generous support of the Salama Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation.