Chris Bennie SafARI 2012
Chris Bennie is a contemporary artist, curator and QCA alumnus. He is currently employed at Griffith University as a Lecturer in New Media and as Exhibitions and Public Programs Officer in the Griffith University Art Gallery.
He has held solo exhibitions nationally including Five Films of Fortuitous Frivolous Fervent, The Wandering Room, Brisbane (2012); A Wee Sunset, Linden Contemporary Art Centre, Melbourne (2010); Smooth Machines, curated by Anna Zammit, South Bank, Brisbane (2009); Jordie, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia Project Space, Adelaide (2009); Chris Bennie Doctorate of Visual Art Exhibition, Queensland College of Art Galleria and White Box Gallery, MSSR and roaming campervan, Brisbane (2009); and Slower, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2003).
Bennie has also participated in many national and international exhibitions including New Psychedelia, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane (2011); Photo LA, Los Angeles (2010), Biennale of Sydney: Revolutions – Forms That Turn, online venue (2008); Contemporary Australia: Optimism, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2008); New Work 3, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth, (2007); and +Plus Factors, Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2006). He has undertaken a number of residency programs, including the QLD Artworkers Alliance and the State Library of Queensland, Interactive New Media Residency (2007); Transit-Lounge, Berlin (2006); and Shandong College of Art and Design, China (2005).
This month he has new work in SafARI 2012, which marks the fourth edition of the event known as the ‘unofficial’ fringe exhibition to the Biennale of Sydney since its inception in 2004.
For a team made up of emerging curators, artists, art workers, a designer, a filmmaker and countless collaborators, the opening weeks of the BoS become the perfect time to borrow some of the national and international attention being paid to the visual arts scene in Sydney.
This year, curators Danielle Robson and Nina Stromqvist received over 180 applications from artists across Australia. To be a part of SafARI applicants must meet one simple criterion: be “emerging and unrepresented.”