Graduate Student Talk: Christopher Joshua Benton

May 18, 2022
Event Types
Public Program
MIT Community
Exhibition view featuring around 4 sculptures of varying sizes with objects inside of blocks of clear resin spread throughout the gallery. Each sculpture is on a tall metal stand.

Exhibition view: Matthew Angelo Harrison: Robota, MIT List Visual Arts Center, 2022. Photo: Mel Taing

MIT List Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames Street, Wiesner Building (Building E15), Cambridge, MA 02139
Day & Time
Free but registration required

Christopher Joshua Benton

Join Christopher Joshua Benton of the Art, Culture, and Technology program at MIT, to discover more about Matthew Angelo Harrison: Robota.

This talk will focus on the importance of archiving and found objects. Benton will examine how his own artistic practice and research relies on these themes, similarly to artist, Matthew Angelo Harrison. 

About the Speaker

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 diaspora 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 NYC, Tokyo and the Emirates with solo presentations at Abu Dhabi Art, Dubai Design Week, the Venice Biennale, 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 MS in Art, Culture, and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, through the generous support of the Salama Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation.

Graduate Student Talks

MIT graduate students explore current exhibitions at the List Center through the lens of their own research, background and interests. Join us for this interdisciplinary lecture series where we dive into how art and research are overlapping on MIT’s campus.

We will continue to follow MIT’s COVID protocols.