Lily Benson is an American filmmaker & visual artist. Her work examines feminist history and reconstructs it into new narrative forms.



4/2/19 Artist Talk. Baruch College. New York, NY
4/4/19 Cinema COBRA at Soft Surplus
4/13/19 Closing Reception for Digital Deja Vu at Spectral Lines
September 2019 Teaching at The Golden Dome School Joshua Tree Residency

MFA, Malmö Art Academy, Lund University, Malmö, Sweden
BFA, The Cooper Union, New York, NY, USA

Solo Exhibitions
Future Mechanism Replacement. Baruch College. New York, NY
New Stratas. Makeriet Gallery. Malmö, Sweden
Because Particles. KHM Gallery. Malmö, Sweden
The Unnamed Feeling. Trailer Gallery. Umeå, Sweden
This is the True North – with Jorun Jonasson.
Inter Arts Center. Malmö, Sweden

Curatorial Projects
2018-19 Curator for The New York Times Headquarters
2016-present Director of Cinema COBRA
2015 Video Curator for Spektrum Berlin, Germany
2011-13 Director of Collaborations for BAGGU

2018-present  The Divine Feminine School of Hypnosis. Co-Founder.
2016-18  CUNY College of Staten Island. Adjunct Professor.
2016  Euromedia Professional Development. Instructor.
2012-13  The School at Columbia University. Instructor.

The Golden Dome School
Room and Board. Brooklyn, NY
Fabrikken for Konst og Design. Copenhagen, Denmark

Selected Group Exhibitions
Digital Deja Vu. Spectral Lines. Curated by Elisabeth Smolarz. New York, NY.
A Couple of Geese over Phoenix. Spring Break Art Fair. Curated by Yulia Topchiy. New York, NY
The Substation. CAVES Gallery. Melbourne, Austraila
Public Access Labyrinth & Everyday Labyrinths. Vox Populi. Philadelphia, PA
The Cinema COBRA Manifesto. Eksrummet. Copenhagen, Denmark
Father Figures are Hard to Find. Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst. Berlin, Germany
Artoteket. Skåneskonstförening. Malmö, Sweden
Video Shop. Kunstraum at NADA Art Fair. New York, NY
The Unknown Signal. Loriza Gallery. Berlin, Germany
Artoteket. Mölnlycke Library. Mölnlycke, Sweden
Kenosis. Halmlageret Carlsberg. Copenhagen, Denmark
The Hot Show. Nicolai Wallner Gallery. Copenhagen, Denmark
We Will Push the Ship Ashore and Let it Drift Towards the Darkest of Oceans. Malmö Art Museum. Malmö, Sweden
Performing Animals. IFP NY Media Center. New York, NY
As We Were Saying: Art and Identity in the Age of “Post.”
Curated by Claire Barliant. Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. NYC
Between Who? Curated by Shelly Silver. The Public School. NYC
100 Feminist Drawings. Curated by Ulrike Müller. The Brooklyn Museum. Brooklyn, NY

Film Screenings
Cinema COBRA. Honey’s. Brooklyn, NY
Femmebot. The Hand Gallery. Brooklyn, NY
Eventilation. Windjammer. New York, NY
Whatsherface at The Hand Gallery. Brooklyn, NY
BUST Magazine. Brooklyn, NY
Obonjan Island. Obonjan, Croatia
Transmission Gallery. Glasgow, Scotland
Cinema COBRA at Honey’s. Brooklyn, NY
Husets Biblioteket. Copenhagen, Denmark
Vox Populi. Philadelphia, PA
Ecstatic Feminism at Astrid Noacks Atelier. Copenhagen, Denmark
Room and Board, Brooklyn, NYC
CPH: DOX Film Festival. Copenhagen, Denmark
Spektrum. Berlin, Germany
Pink Life Queer Film Festival. Ankara & Istanbul, Turkey
Athens Avant Garde Film Festival. Athens, Greece
International Film Festival Rotterdam. Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Louisiana Museum. Humlebæk, Denmark
New Horizons International Film Festival. Wroclaw, Poland
Asterisco LGBTIQ Festival. Buenos Aires, Argentina
SVEND. Svendborg, Denmark
Indie Lisboa. Lisbon, Portugal
Folkets Bio. Umeå, Sweden
Skåneskonstförening. Malmö, Sweden
CPH: DOX Film Festival. New: Visions. Copenhagen, Denmark
Roulette. Brooklyn, NY
{TEMP}. New York, NY

Mar. 2019    Artist Talk. Pratt Institute. Brooklyn, NY
Feb. 2019   Historical Correlations between Hypnosis and Imaging Techology. Pioneer Works. Brooklyn, NY
Feb. 2019    A Tour of Future Mechanism Replacement. Baruch College. New York, NY
July. 2016    Reclaiming Mind Control for the Revolution. Obonjan Island. Obonjan, Croatia
July. 2016    Cleaning the Mind. Obonjan Island. Obonjan, Croatia

Film Programming
Jan. 2019 The Moon Is A Screen. Cinema COBRA. Brooklyn, NY
Dec. 2018 Cinema as Medicine. Cinema COBRA. Brooklyn, NY
Jan. 2018 The Birth of a Snake. Cinema COBRA. Brooklyn, NY
Sept. 2015 The Unnamed Feeling. Folkets Bio. Umeå, Sweden
Sept. 2015 The Weird Space Between Life and Death. Spektrum. Berlin, Germany
Aug. 2015 The Unnamed Feeling.  Spektrum. Berlin, Germany

Selected Performances
Queer Motions. Assembly Room. New York, NY
Lightning Whelk. The Castle. Brooklyn, NY
The Topless Cellist Goes Diving. The Hand Gallery. New York, NY
Annette Kellerman’s Singing Email. Temporary Agency. Brooklyn, NY
Am: boy- with Frances Scholz. The Kitchen. New York, NY
Fizzy Water. Städelschule. Frankfurt, Germany
Lilla Hund as Commodity. Grand presented by Hymn. Malmö, Sweden
Am: boy. Directed by Frances Scholz
A Feminist History of the Paper Bag. Stockholm Music & Arts Festival, Produced by Tensta Konsthall & LTTR
Lilla Hund. Freight & Volume. New York, NY
Stockholm Music and Arts Festival. Stockholm, Sweden
Cross. Album Release: It’s Curtains. Trans Pecos. Brooklyn, NY
Cross. Public Assembly. Brooklyn, NY
Koreografi Nite IV. Trade School. New York, NY
Linda Montano and the 7 Glandettes. JACK. Brooklyn, NY (Cast)
Cross. King Georg. Cologne, Germany

Danish Arts Council Curatorial Research Support Wave Farm Media Arts Assistance Fund
NYSCA Electronic Media & Film Finishing Funds Award
Lund University Global Scholarship
Hans B. and Thordis W. Burckhardt Foundation Prize


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