photo by Kaleb Autman, 2021 / logo by Bria Royal, 2019

Short Bio:

Benji Hart is a Chicago-based author, artist, and educator whose work centers Black radicalism, queer liberation, and prison abolition. Their words have appeared in numerous anthologies, and been published at Teen Vogue, Time, The Advocate, and elsewhere. They have led workshops for organizations and at academic institutions internationally, and facilitated convenings for groups like Law For Black Lives, National Bail Out, and Project NIA. Their performances have been featured at such venues as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2021); Den Frie, Copenhagen (2021); Museo del Chopo, Mexico City (2020); and the Amsterdam University of the Arts, Amsterdam (2019). They have been a fellow with the Rauschenberg Foundation, MacDowell, and are a 3Arts awardee in the Teaching Arts.


Full Bio:

Benji Hart is a Massachusetts-born, Chicago-based author, artist, and educator whose work centers Black radicalism, queer liberation, and prison abolition. Their words have appeared in numerous anthologies, including Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief (AK Press), And the Cateogory Is…: Inside New York’s Vogue, House, and Ballroom Community (Beacon Press), and Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: Second Edition (Oxford University Press). Their commentary has been published at Teen Vogue, Time, The Advocate, The Funambulist, Performance Response Journal, and The Chicago Reader.

They have led popular education and arts-based workshops for organizations internationally, and been a guest lecturer at Smith College, the University of Chicago, Brown University, the New School, Colby College, and Seattle University. They have facilitated convenings and retreats for groups like Law For Black Lives, National Bail Out, Dissenters, and Project NIA.

Their solo performance Dancer As Insurgent, which explores voguing as a practice of Black queer resistance, was featured at Den Frie, Copenhagen (2021); Museo del Chopo, Mexico City (2020); and CA2M, Madrid (2017). Their current project, World After This One, examining how Black art forms reclaim the materials of empire to imagine liberated futures, has been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2021); BRIC House, New York (2018), and is still in progress.

They have been a fellow with the Rauschenberg Foundation, the Amsterdam University of the Arts, and MacDowell. They are the recipient of the 3Arts Award in the Teaching Arts.