Interview with Dalida María Benfield, “Images of Struggle/Decoloniality” by Marina Gržinić
Dalida María Benfield is a Latina (Panamá/U.S.) media artist, theorist, and educator who studies the gendered and geo-political dimensions of contemporary digital art and activist media in the context of global flows of information. As an artist she produces video, installations, archives, artists’ books, workshops, and other pedagogical and communicative actions, across online and offline platforms and often, collectively. Her current work, los archivos del cuerpo (body files) invokes a decolonial feminist aesthetics and the poetics of knowledge sharing in the shadow of colonialisms, and takes the form of an open access archive of art and writing, an installation of video, photographs, and drawings, a video screening series, workshops, and print publications. The collective project, with work contributed by international artists and the public, exhibited at Huret & Spector Gallery, Emerson College, Boston (April 2015); and SALASAB, Bogotá, Colombia (October 2015), with its most recent iteration co-designed with the artist Robert Ochshorn. Alongside teaching in the Vermont College of Fine Art MFA in Visual Arts program, she is a researcher and writer, and was a Fellow and Faculty Associate with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University (2011-2015).
Project website: http://www.dalidamariabenfield.info