Benjamin Thorp | Profile

As an artist, curator, educator and producer, Benjamin Thorp has contributed to the culture of communities, facilitating creative acts that lead to social change. Through sound, technology, installation and pedagogy, his work engages audiences in experience that furthers an appreciation for and challenges one’s understanding of their surroundings.

With Thorp as co-founder, director and curator, Black Iris Gallery is responsible for exhibitions and programs that explore sub cultures (Let There Be GWAR!), site specific sound projects (Low Frequency Travel Agency), and the origins of our modern surveillance state (Public Eye). Often in collaboration with other artists, researchers, organizations and performers, he has stretched the definition of artwork to encompass all intellectual, skilled, social and physical labor necessary to maintain an institution where the conditions for creative and social experimentation thrive.

Benjamin lives and works in Richmond Virginia, where he is curator/programmer at Black Iris Gallery. He received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute (2004) and his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago (2010).