Shannon Benine is a multimedia artist whose work simultaneously investigates the state of expanded documentary photography while it explores issues of social, political, economic, racial and environmental justice within North American communities on the margins. Her work questions the aesthetics, politics and ethics of past and present documentary techniques while it engages the viewer in a discussion and debate about the United State's politically charged history of human rights. Drawing from years of intensive artistic research, Benine combines photography, video, sound, text and archival materials to create multimedia installations that reimagine existing methodologies within the broad scope of documentary practices.
Benine's work has been held in several collections including the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the National Centre of Contemporary Art in Moscow, Russia and the Kalaupapa National Historic Museum in Hawaii. She has received grant support from multiple institutions including the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Midwest Society for Photographic Education and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. Her work has been exhibited at the Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, Ohio; the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, Illinois; the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Massachusetts and the Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle, Washington.
Benine holds an MFA in Photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BFA in Photography and BA in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts from the University of Washington in Seattle. She lives in Sonoma County and works as an Assistant Professor and Director of Photography & Media Arts in the Department of Art & Art History at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California.