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 Kwan Queenie Li (SMACT ’22) and Christopher Joshua Benton (SMACT ’23).
Opening exhibition on Thursday, May 26 at 5:30pm at the Wiesner Student Art Gallery.
Kwan Queenie Li
Kwan Queenie Li is an interdisciplinary artist from Hong Kong. Coalescing lens-based media, performance, and writing, her practice explores post-colonial intricacies, vegatative kinship, and techno-poetics within neoliberal and technocratic contexts. In her practice, morphing polyphonic worldviews into poetic encounters is to transgress boundaries of linguistic devices, probing hegemonic structures and conjuring alternative narratives.
Li’s work has been supported and exhibited internationally, including at Venice Architecture Biennale (Hong Kong Pavilion, 2021), Art Machines 2 (HK, 2021), Ars Electronica RIXC Garden (2021, LV), BOOKED: Tai Kwun Contemporary (HK, 2020), IdeasCity by the NTU CCA and the New Museum (SG/US, 2020), Design Trust (HK, 2019), and more. Her photo book, “Quasi-Immigrant” on Hong Kong’s exacerbating emigration phenomenon was published by an independent publisher, Brownie Publishing. A first-generation college student, Queenie received her BFA in Fine Art from the University of Oxford (2019) and a SM in Art, Culture, and Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2022). Queenie is the recipient of awards including a thesis prize, the Stuart Morgan Prize for Art History (Oxon.), and the Enterprise Poets Prize for Imagining a Future (MIT).