Shandaken Projects is pleased to welcome its first Printer in Residence, Simon Benjamin. Benjamin is a Jamaican artist and filmmaker invested in a research-based practice– whose work encompasses multi-sensory installations, sculptures, video, photographs, and printmaking. His practice considers how current realities are shaped by both visible and invisible histories. Using the framework of the sea and coastal space, his current body of work investigates the Caribbean’s complex relationship to trade, ocean travel, import-dominant consumerism, tourism, and other neo-colonial relationships that the U.S. and the West impose on Caribbean states.
His work has been included in the Kingston Biennial, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica (2021–forthcoming); The 92nd St. Y, New York, NY (2020); Brooklyn Public Library, New York, NY (2019); Hunter East Harlem Gallery, New York, NY (2019); the Ghetto Biennial, Port Au Prince, Haiti (2018); Jamaica Biennial, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica (2017); Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (2019); New Local Space, Kingston (2016); and Columbia University, New York, NY (2016). Simon is currently an LMCC Artist-in-Residence at The Arts Center at Governors Island.