Shannon Benine is a North American artist, curator and educator known for her dedication to advancing the discourse on expanded documentary photography, interdisciplinary approaches to art and community engagement. Benine constantly asks the question, what mechanisms are there to support marginalized communities from the decisions of hegemonic systems of power? Her work examines the aesthetics, politics and ethics of past and present documentary techniques while it engages the viewer in a discussion and debate about the United States’ politically charged history of human rights.
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 works as an Associate Professor at the University of La Verne.