Paul Stephen Benjamin, video still from the installation Come Over.
The City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and Gallery 72 present a new exhibition on Thursday, February 25, 2016. The exhibit, “Come Over”, by award winning artist Paul Stephen Benjamin, will focus on the politics of aesthetics, (mis) representation, and cultural assumption. Benjamin’s use of language and visual ephemera to interrogate long established cultural narratives, and their casual acceptance by and effect on the American public, has garnered national and international attention.
Paul Stephen Benjamin received his BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his MFA from Georgia State University. Benjamin is a recipient of the 2014 Artadia Award. Recently, he was featured in the Atlanta Contemporary’s exhibition “Coloring”. He was also featured in the group exhibition Emerging Artist Award Winners 15th Year Retrospective Exhibition at The Swan Coach House. Among his awards to date are: the Winnie B. Chandler Fellowship, Diasporal Rhythms Artists Recognition Award, Hambidge Fellowship, The Atlanta Contemporary Studio Program, and the Forward Arts Emerging Artists Award.