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Jose Luis Benavides

Lecturer of Art

Jose Luis Benavides (b. 1986 Chicago, IL) is an artist, writer and educator. He has worked as a teaching artist with the National Museum of Mexican Art, Young Chicago Authors, Chicago Arts Partnership in Education and the Chicago Public Library. He has also taught within the Cook County jail system and he is an active project manager with the Illinois Deaths in Custody Project. He has presented about his work at the Art Institute of Chicago’s Block Party (2018); and the Chicago Archives + Artists Festival (2018); American Studies Association conference (2018); and for Mutual Interpretations at the University of Illinois at Chicago (2017).

Benavides held his first solo show at Terremoto in Mexico City (2018) and his experimental documentary, Lulu en el Jardín was an Official Selection of Collected Voices: Chicago Ethnography Film Festival (2018). This film, his first feature, was also awarded honorable mentions at LA Underground Film Forum (2018) and Experimental Forum (2018). His video art and archival-based works have shown at The Logan Center for the Arts (2018); The Nightingale (2017); Links Hall (2016); and festivals including 2nd Floor Rear Festival (2016); and S2F2: Scored Silent Film Festival (2013). His video work as luigi have been also featured on VideoVideoZine and the U.K. blog, Gothic Angel Clothing.

As a lead organizer he presented Latinx Disambiguations at Threewalls (2018) and programmed Sin Cinta Previa: Latin(a)x and Queer Archive Video Series as part of the Arts Leaders of Color Network at Comfort Station (2018). As a recipient of the Propeller Grant (2017) he furthered his work with the Illinois Deaths in Custody Project programming Mom’s Day Cards Against Prisons (2018) and curating an adjoining exhibition of the Read/Write Library’s collection of prison abolition materials going back to the 1990s

He has been granted artist residencies with Mamarat (Paths) in Ramallah, Palestine (2018); The Overlook Place in Chicago (2017); and CAPE in Chicago (2017). Benavides holds an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago (2017); and a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Latina/o Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2008).