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2024 Jacob Lawrence Legacy Residency

Submitted on January 17, 2024 - 1:38am
Simon Benjamin
Simon Benjamin

The Jacob Lawrence Gallery is thrilled to announce that Simon Benjamin is the 2024 Jacob Lawrence Legacy Resident Artist. Benjamin, a Jamaican multi-disciplinary artist and filmmaker based in New York, will be in residence at the School of Art + Art History + Design at the University of Washington from March 20 through April 4, 2024. As part of the residency, Simon will develop new work and will work closely with Guest Curator Berette S Macaulay to plan a series of activities in support of his practice including an exhibition, student engagements, and on- and off-campus programs in partnership with local Black, Indigenous arts and cultural organizations. Benjamin is also planning a publication that will archive his work and visit in Washington..

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About the Legacy Resident Artist

Simon Benjamin

Simon Benjamin is a Jamaican multi-disciplinary artist and filmmaker based in New York whose practice considers how the past ripples into the present in unexpected ways. Using the sea and coastal space as frameworks, his current body of work explores how lesser-known histories and colonial legacies impact our present and contribute to an interconnected future.

His work has been included in exhibitions and screenings internationally, including Kaunas Biennial, Lithuania (2023),  Baxter St. CCNY, New York NY (2023); documenta 15, Kassel, Germany (2022); Kingston Biennial, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica (2022); Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Governor’s Island, NY; Third Horizon film Festival, Miami, FL (2022); trinidad+tobago film festival, Trinidad and Tobago (2021); NYU Gallatin at Governors Island, New York, NY (2021); The 92nd St. Y, New York, NY (2020); 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); New Local Space, (NLS) Kingston (2016); and Columbia University, New York, NY (2016).

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Guest Curator

Berette S Macaulay

Berette S Macaulay is an interdisciplinary artist and writer with creative and cultural practices in photography, mixed media, curating, and art organizing. Throughout the duration of the residency, Macaulay will work closely with the Legacy Resident Artist and gallery staff to program and coordinate the residency activities including the exhibition, student engagements, partnered on and off-campus programs with local organizations, and produce a publication to archive this year’s program.

Learn More: Guest Curator Announcement | Website | Instagram

About the Legacy Residency

Established in 2015, the Jacob Legacy Residency is a program supported in part by an National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Grants for Arts Projects that invites Black artists at all stages of their careers to spend up to 4 weeks at the University of Washington in the winter to develop new work that culminates in an exhibition. Residents work closely with students, faculty, interns, and community partners to narrow the gap between practice, pedagogy, discursive discussion, presentation, and reception. Under Macaulay’s leadership, the 2024 iteration of the residency will continue to deepen its focus on community engagement through partnerships with Black organizations, and by offering the resident off-site opportunities for building relationships and expanding cultural and interdisciplinary modes of witnessing a collaborative production beyond the structures of academia.ia.

Learn More: About the Residency and past residents