The Council for the Arts at MIT just announced the recipients of the 2022 Schnitzer Prize in the Visual Arts, awarded for excellence in a body of work, to three students, including Christopher Joshua Benton (SMACT ’23) and Kwan Queenie Li (SMACT ’22).
Opening exhibition on Thursday, May 26 at 5:30pm at the Wiesner Student Art Gallery.
Christopher Joshua Benton
Christopher Joshua Benton (b. 1988) is a UAE-based artist working across installation, sculpture, 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.
Past work has been presented in New York City, Tokyo, and the Emirates with solo presentations at the Venice Biennale, Abu Dhabi Art, Dubai Design Week, and the Fikra Graphic Design Biennial. His art has been featured on the BBC World News and in outlets like Dezeen, Vogue Arabia, and Vice Magazine. His writing and cultural criticism has appeared in Identity Magazine, The Flagpole, and Global Art Daily.
He is currently pursuing his Master of Science in Art, Culture, and Technology at MIT through the generous support of the Salama Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation.