Photograph by Elias Williams
Christopher Joshua Benton is an American artist based in Miza, Abu Dhabi working in artistic research and installation. He works closely within neighborhoods to instigate collaboration and share stories of power, labor, and hope. Inspired by his 10 years living in the United Arab Emirates, Christopher investigates traces of the homeland in diasporic communities.
His exhibitions have been presented at museums, biennials and art fairs around the world including the Fikra Graphic Design Biennial (Sharjah, UAE), Abu Dhabi Art: Beyond Emerging ( 59th Venice Biennale) and Dubai Design Week. Further projects have been exhibited at Jameel Arts Centre (Dubai, UAE); Warehouse421 (Abu Dhabi, UAE); Aicon Contemporary (NYC, USA); and BLOCKHOUSE (Tokyo, Japan), among others. His art and research have been televised on the BBC and CNN, and in print with GQ, Harper's Bazaar, and Architectural Digest.
Funded by the Salama Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation, Christopher has a master's degree in Art, Culture, and Technology from MIT, where he earned the Obermayer Prize and the Harold & Arlene Shnitzer Prize. He has also completed programs and fellowships with University of Georgia and University of Oxford as a Gilman Scholar. He is the former global creative director of Huawei.
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