Shannon Benine is a multimedia artist whose work simultaneously investigates new approaches to visual storytelling within expanded documentary photography while it explores issues of social, political, economic, racial and environmental justice within North American communities on the margins. Benine's 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 States' politically charged history of human rights. Drawing from years of intensive artistic research, she combines photography, video, sound, text and archival materials to create multimedia installations that reimagine existing methodologies within the broad scope of documentary practices.
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 Assistant Professor at SSU.