b. 1974, Santiago, Chile
Lives and works in New York since 1998

Solo Exhibitions

2017 - NEW NOW: Francisca Benítez, New Britain Museum of American Art, CT, US
2016 - Poemas Concretos, Die Ecke, Santiago, Chile
2014 - Oro Dulce, Cuchifritos +Project Space, New York, US
2013 - Canto Visual, Museo de Artes Visuales, Santiago, Chile
2011 - Oro Dulce, Die Ecke, Santiago, Chile
2009 - Eigentumsgrenze, Nada.Lokal, Vienna, Austria
2009 - Chamber,, Biel-Bienne, Switzerland
2008 - 450 W 42, Jersey City Museum, New Jersey, US
2007 - Prótesis del Nuevo Exodo, Die Ecke, Santiago, Chile
2006 - The making of Golden Warriors, Medianoche, New York, US

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 - PELEA: Visual Responses to Spatial Precarity, NYU The Latinx Center, New York, US
2018 - Escrituras Visuales, Die Ecke, Santiago, Chile
2017 - Rotative Repository of Latin American Video Art, El Museo del Barrio, New York, US
2017 - Insurreccions, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
2016 - Impermanencia, XIII Bienal de Cuenca, Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno, Cuenca, Ecuador
2016 - Soulèvements, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France
2016 - Much wider than a line, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM, US
2016 - Una geografía humana y social contemporánea, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago, Chile
2016 - Sweet Gongs Vibrating, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA, US
2015 - Bienal de La Habana, Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, La Habana, Cuba
2015 - Mapping Brooklyn, Brooklyn Historical Society and BRIC House, Brooklyn, New York, US
2015 - Grado Cero, Corpartes, Santiago, Chile
2014 - Efemérides, Museo Histórico Nacional, Santiago, Chile
2013 - New Publics, Close Closer, Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Lisbon, Portugal
2013 - Thinking and Speaking, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden
2013 - Monsalvat, Bureau, New York, US
2013 - One Minute Film Festival 2003 - 2012, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, US
2013 - Visible Architects, Embajada de Chile en Washington, Washington, US
2012 - Desire Lines / Líneas del Deseo, Espai Cultural Caja Madrid, Barcelona, Spain
2012 - Contaminaciones Contemporáneas, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago, Chile
2012 - To the Stars on the Wings of an Eel, Gowanus Ballroom, Brooklyn, New York, US
2012 - Retorna, Centro Cultural de España, Santiago, Chile
2012 - Brucennial 2012, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York, US
2011 - L'oeil sur les rues, Parc de la Villette, Paris, France
2011 - The Street Files, El Museo del Barrio, New York, US
2011 - 30: A Brooklyn Salon, BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, US
2011 - Réplica2, Azerty, Paris, France
2010 - Contaminaciones Contemporáneas, Museu de Arte Contemporánea da USP, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2010 - Post-it City, Ciudades Ocasionales, Espacio Casa de Cultura - La Prensa, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2010 - Unplanned, Superfront, Los Angeles, US
2010 - Reinventing Ritual, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA, US
2010 - Brucennial 2010, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York, US
2010 - Colectiva Dieecke, Die ecke Art Contemporani, Barcelona, Spain
2010 - Making Space, Superfront, Brooklyn, New York, US
2009 - Reinventing Ritual, The Jewish Museum, New York, US
2009 - 140 characters or less, Jason Rulnick Inc, New York, US
2009 - Beijing Biennale, Turn on, Tune In, Drop out, Beijing, China
2009 - Post it City, Cidades Ocasionais, Centre Cultural de Sao Paulo, Brazil
2009 - Post-it City, Ciudades Ocasionales, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago, Chile
2009 - Relaciones, utopías de proximidad, Centro Cultural de España en Guatemala, Ciudad de Guatemala
2009 - SQUAT, evicted building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York
2009 - Visión:f(icción), Instituto Cervantes, Beijing, China
2009 - Berlin change plus vite que mon coeur, Gare Saint Sauveur, Lille, France
2009 - Les Frontières Invisibles, Tri Postal, Lille, France
2009 - Preemptive Resistances, Westport Arts Center, Conneticut, US
2008 - The Labyrinth Wall: From Mythology to Reality, Exit Art, New York, US
2008 - Post-it City, 4 case studies, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Thailand
2008 - Occasional Cities, Centre de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona, Spain
2008 - Life is all about taking things in and putting things out, Salón Tudor, Santiago, Chile
2007 - Babylon, Festival de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona, Spain
2007 - Expediente Die ecke 01, Valenzuela Klenner Galería, Bogotá, Colombia
2007 - Daniel López Show, White Box/ Roebling Hall, New York, US
2007 - País de Poetas, Rotunda gallery, Brooklyn, New York, US
2007 - Legal Aliens, Spaces, Cleveland, Ohio, US
2007 - Re:Generation, Smack Mellon/ Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, New York, US
2006 - Legal Aliens, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, New York, US
2006 - Too much freedom? LA Frewaves 10th biennial of film, video and new media, Los Angeles, US
2006 - Contragolpe: Reenacting a failed operation, Instituto Divorciado, Berlin, Germany
2006 - Domestic Affairs, Gamle Mølla Kunstskole, Moss, Norway
2006 - Double Exposure, Makor Gallery, New York, US
2006 - Wild Girls, Exit Art, New York, US
2006 - Domestic Affairs, Projekt 0047, Berlin, Germany
2006 - 01 de mayo: revisión, arteBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2006 - Latin Flow, The Armory Show, Exit Art Booth, New York, US
2006 - The Studio Visit, Exit Art, New York, US
2006 - Videopulsiones, Festival X, Lisboa, Portugal
2005 - Jornadas de Autonomía Aérea, KBB, Barcelona, Spain
2005 - Sugar Plumbs, Makor Gallery, New York, US
2005 - Re:Generation, Mabel Smith Douglass Library, New Brunswick, US
2005 - Parrilla, Matucana 100, Santiago, Chile
2005 - Occasional Cities, Centro de Arte Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain
2005 - BROOKLin VIDEO, Futura, Prague, Czech Republic
2004 - Illegal Carnival, 173 N 7 Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, US
2004 - Terrorvision, Exit Art, New York, US
2003 - VI Bienal de Nuevos Medios/ Concurso Juan Downey, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago
2002 - 6th International Festival of Architecture in Video, Ospedale degli Innocenti, Florence, Italy
2001 - Density, Centre de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona, Spain
2001 - Building Codes: The Programmable City, Storefront for Art & Architecture, New York, US

Selected Screenings

2016 - Repository Rotativo of Collective Identity, New Latin Wave @ 67 Ludlow, New York, US
2013 - The One Minute Film Festival, MoMA, New York, US
2013 - Visiones Laterales #4, Cineteca Nacional, CCPLM, Santiago, Chile
2012 - ORO DULCE, with Dave Maric and Cam Deas, IMT Gallery, London, UK
2012 - The Exquisite Corpse of the One Minute Film & Video Festival, Narrowsburg, NY, US
2011 - Lokal-int/ Francisca Benitez / Kollaborateure, na daLokal, Vienna, Austria
2009 - Berlin changes faster than my heart, Atelier Nuovo Montevergini, Palermo, Italy
2009 - Lil Joe's, 9/11, Porn, Yanks and Murder..., IMT Gallery, London, UK
2009 - Miradas (des)territoriales, Alianza Francesa / Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Argentina
2008 - This American Life, Montello International Airport, Bergen, Norway
2008 - Visionarios, Audiovisual en Lationamérica, Itaú Cultural, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2008 - IN/OUT, East Asia Contemporary, Shanghai, China
2007 - Political Landscape: Recent Video Art from Chile, Kunsthalle Berlin-Lichtenberg, Germany
2006 - Mastered, Pioneer Theater, New York, US
2006 - IN/OUT, MediaNoche, New York, US
2006 - Si Po: La nouvelle scène artistique Chilienne, Mains d'Oeuvres, Saint-Ouen, Paris, France
2006 - Cut & Paste: New Identities, New Territories, Makor Gallery, New York, US
2005 - What means free, Freespace at Chelsea Hotel, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York, US
2005 - Otra Pichanga, Monkeytown, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, US
2005 - Pichanga, 173 N 7 Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, US
2005 - Compilation #3 L'invention du rire, Videobox MissChinaLunchBox, Paris, France
2003 - Tikkun Leil Shavuot, New York University, New York, US
2002 - Architecture and the Moving Image, Columbia University, New York, US
2002 - Architectures Hybrides, Annexia, Toulouse, France

Actions / Performances

2015 - As you lean on me and I lean on you, we move forward, The High Line, New York, US
2015 - Son en Señas, Centro Wifredo Lam, Bienal de la Habana, Cuba
2014 - Soliloquy in signs, Pier 54, New York
2013 - Alternate Path, Since Now From Then, Storefront for Art & Architecture, New York, US
2013 - Discurso Visível / Visible Speech, Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Lisbon, Portugal
2013 - Canto Visual, Museo de Artes Visuales, Santiago, Chile
2012 - Through sites of dissent; a walk through London, Gasworks, London, UK

Talks / Lectures / Discussions

2017 - New Now Artist Talk, New Britain Museum of American Art, CT, US.
2016 - Panacea Reenactment, Magic Block book launch, McNally Jackson, New York
2016 - Poemas Concretos, MilM2, Santiago, Chile
2016 - Poemas Concretos, Die Ecke / Antenna, Santiago, Chile
2016 - Screening and artist talk, Video! Video! Zine Festival, Nightingale Theater, Chicago, US
2016 - Power to Engage: What Are Artists and Art Museums Learning from One Another, Open Engagement, Oakland Museum of California, CA, US
2015 - Lenguajes del Cuerpo, BMCC CUNY, Department of Modern Languages, New York, US
2015 - Mapping Brooklyn: panel discussion, Brooklyn Historical Society, New York, US
2012 - de-fencing, Gasworks, London, UK
2012 - Spotlight On: SUPERFRONT, Van Alen Books, New York, US
2011 - Discrete News, Kadist Foundation, Paris, France
2011 - Tertulia, Instituto de Estudios Humanísticos, Universidad de Talca, Talca, Chile
2010 - Manifesto 01 - Emerging Latin Territories, Storefront for Art & Architecture, New York, US
2008 - Art and social change, a conversation with The Rural Haiti Project, Blick Art Materials, New York, US?
2008 - On Gordon Matta-Clark, Salón Tudor, Santiago, Chile
2007 - Diálogo con Isabel García y Die ecke, Centro de Documentación de las Artes, CCPLM, Chile
2006 - The making of Golden Warriors, Medianoche, New York, US
2005 - Ephemeral Constructs, Centro de Arte Santa Mónica, Barcelona, Spain


2016 - El Museo del Barrio, New York, US
2012 - Gasworks residency, London, UK
2010 - Superfront residency, Brooklyn, New York, US
2009 - Rotunda Gallery / BRIC video residency, Brooklyn, New York, US

Grants / Fellowships

2015 - DIRAC, Chile
2015 - FONDART, Chile
2012 - Beca AMA, Chile
2007 - New York State Council on the Arts, Independent Project Grant, New York, US
2006 - Lambent Fellowship, TIDES Foundation, New York, US
2006 - FONDART, Chile
2001 - Amerigo Marras Fellowship, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, US


Poemas Concretos, exhibition catalogue, Die Ecke, Santiago, Chile, 2016
Uprisings, exhibition catalogue, Gallimard / Jeu de Paume, Paris, 2016
You Are Here: NYC Mapping the Soul of the City, Katharine Harmon, Princeton Architectural Press 2016
Much wider than a line, exhibition catalogue, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM, 2016
Práctica sola / Alone Practice, Ediciones Popolet, Santiago, 2015
Inside la industria membrillera, The Forager Magazine, India, 2015
Occupy Wall Street, ARQ79 (Santiago), Dec. 2011
ORO DULCE, Exhibition newsletter, Santiago, Chile 2011
Pirámide #1/ Celeste, Ciudad de México, 2010
Post-it City, Abitare, Italy, July, 2010
Il Patrimonio e l'abitare, Carmen Andriani, Donzelli Editore, Roma, 2010
Making Space, Exhibition Catalogue, Superfront Books, New York 2010
A Prior Magazine, issue #18: The New York Conversations, Brussels 2008
Post-it City, Ciudades Ocasionales, Exhibition Catalog, CCCB, Barcelona, 2008
La Ciudad como Escuela / The City as School, ARQ (Santiago), Dec. 2006
No hay nadie en Paris, Spam_arq, Santiago, Chile, May 2006
Palomares: Notas de Edición / Pigeon Coops: Editing Notes, ARQ (Santiago), Dec. 2003
Beyond Media/ Oltre Media:
6th International Festival for Architecture in Video, Florence, Editrice Compositori, Italy, 2002
Palomares/ Sukkah, Quaderns, # 235: Used City II, 2002

Reviews / Interviews

Sign-Language As Music, Poetry At NBMAA, by Susan Dunne, The Hartford Courant, 12/11/2017
Die Poesie des Aufstandes, by Heinz Peter Schwerfel, Das Kunstmagazine, 12/2016
Hacia la fluidez de la percepción fragmentada, by Carolina Martínez Sánchez, Rotunda Magazine, 12/5/2016
Eternel Soulèvement, by Jean-Baptiste Gauvin, Point Culture, 10/2016
Exposition Soulèvements, by Michèle Jacobs-Hermès, TV5 Monde, 10/2016
Interview with Brainard Carey, Yale University Radio WYBCX, 10/2016
Poetic path: Artist Francisca Benitez builds neighborhood bonds, by Jennifer Levin, Pasatiempo, 09/30/2016
The Big Show with Honey Harris, Radio Free Santa Fe 98.1 Kbac, 09/29/2016
Soundless gestures as poetic fragments, by Gia Kourlas, The New York Times, 07/2015
At the Wifredo Lam Center: art in the plural, by Ricardo Alberto Pérez, Cuba Absolutely, 06/2015
Bienal de la Habana: la presencia de los artistas chilenos, by Mariella Sola, Arte al Límite, 06/2015
Poética y política de ‘Son en Señas’, by Mariella Sola, Artishock, 06/2015
La Habana se mira desde el arte, by Diana Ferreiro, Granma, 22/05/2015
Lenguaje de señas, by Miguel Darío García Porto, Radio Enciclopedia, 08/06/2015
Programa Paradiso, interview with Angel Ferrera, Radio Habana, 05/2015
Arde Latinoamérica, by Pablo León de la Barra, L’Officiel México, 02/2015
Women Unite, by Alix Browne, W Magazine, 11/2014
Close Closer, the Perec-esque Triennale by Ethel Baraona Pohl, Quaderns, Sept, 2013
The incessant medium by Nick Axel, Uncube magazine, 09/23/2013
A look at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale by William Menking, The Architect’s Newspaper, 09/13/13
Dímelo con las manos by Gabriela García, Qué Pasa, 03/01/2013
La artista que llevará la lengua de los sordos al museo by Denisse Espinoza, La Tercera, 15/12/2012
Desire Lines, Mousse Magazine 22/12/2012
Itinerarios Subjetivos by Adrià Attardi Villar, La Vanguardia, 22/11/2012
LONDONing_A WALK: Through Sites of Dissent by Barbara Speziale, ArteSera, 10/02/2012
Francisca Benítez: public space and psychogeography by Florence Ritter, Spectacularum, 09/13/2012
La rue est à nous, by Miriam Rosen, Movement, 02/01/2012
Francisca Benítez: Property Lines by Macarena Molina, Artishock, 08/16/2011
The Architectural Agonism of the Unplanned, a Play in Ten Acts by Cristina Goberna, Domus, 2010
Plotzing Over The 'Reinventing Ritual' Show by Andy Port,
T Magazine of The New York Times, Sept.14 2009
Preemptive Resistances: Critical Pointers in Latin American Art by Tatiana Flores,
Art Nexus, Issue #73 Jun/Aug 2009
Instant Cities by Alexander McSpadden, DAM #16 (Brussels), April/May 2008
Prótesis del Nuevo Exodo by Enrique Solanich, Arte Al Limite, June 2007
Re:Generation Emerging Women Artists by Lori Cole, Artforum, March 2007
Aliens in Our Midst by Wayne Hodge, The Reeler, 6/12/2006
Agitprop by Steven Menashi, The New York Sun, 22/7/2004
Terrorvision y mas allá by Ana Tiscornia, Brecha, 18/6/2004
Beyond Media/Oltre Media by Lavinia Garulli, Exibart, 3/5/2002
Building Codes on the Wall by Mark Ginsberg, Oculus, October 2001
Deciphering the City's Hidden Code by J.A. Lobbia, The Village Voice, 82/8/2001


2015 - 2016 Art, Cooper-Park Senior Center, JASA, Brooklyn, New York, US
2015 - Summer Program, Libraries Without Borders, Bronx, NY, US
2013 - 2015 Art, Baruch Community Center, NYCHA, New York, New York, US
2013 - 2015 Art, Seward Park Community Center, NYCHA, New York, New York, US
2010 - 2015 Art, Cooper-Park Senior Center, NYCHA, Brooklyn, New York, US
2013 - Design and Urban Ecologies Studio (MS), The New School, New York, US
2010 - 2013 Art, Rutgers Community Center, NYCHA, New York, New York, US
2011 - Taller de Arte, Escuela Básica de Pichingal, Molina, Maule Region, Chile
2008 - 2012 Art, Independence Community Center, NYCHA, Brooklyn, New York, US
2008 - 2012 Art, Independence Senior Center, NYCHA, Brooklyn, New York, US
2003 - 2008 Art, Bushwick-Hylan Community Center, NYCHA, Brooklyn, New York, US
2006 - 2008 Art, Bushwick-Hylan Senior Center, NYCHA, Brooklyn, New York, US
2007 - Art, Roosevelt II Community Center, NYCHA, Brooklyn, New York, US
2007 - Art, Williamsburg Community Center, NYCHA, Brooklyn, New York, US
2005 - Architecture Studio, Academy of Urban Planning / Center for Urban Pedagogy, Brooklyn, NY, US
2004 - Recycling Studio Summer Program, Center for Urban Pedagogy, Bronx, New York, US
2004 - Architecture Studio Summer Program, Center for Urban Pedagogy, New York, US
2003 - 2004 Art, Wyckoff Houses Community Center, NYCHA, Brooklyn, New York, US
1997 - Urban Studies I, FAU, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile


2017 - 2019 Reverend Billy and The Stop Shopping Choir, New York, choir member
2017 - 2019 Gays Against Guns, New York, member
2018 - 2019 Art Against Displacement, New York, member
2016 - 2018 Chinatown & LES Artists Against Displacement, New York, member
2015 - 2019 National Mobilization Against Sweatshops, New York, member


2018 - Part of the Continuum: Francisca Benítez + Ricardo Gallo
2016 - 2019 ASL Night, HOJ Deaf Club at the Shrine, NY, US - performer
2015 - Algunas Décimas, performative reading for Sangría Editores Benefit at Y Gallery, NY, US
2015 - Cantos del Agua by Cecilia Vicuña - performer
2014 - Proyecto Pregunta de Mil M2 - guest editor
2012 - Can't Stop Rock Lobster by Merkx & Gwynne - contributing artist
2012 - Love Story, Palestine by Yoshiko Chuma - performer
2011 - Strategies for Occupation, Storefront for Art and Architecture - participant
2011 - M2 Invisible by Fred Forest - assistant/performer
2011 - Sacred spaces in profane buildings by Matilde Cassani - contributor
2010 - Blind sculpture by Gelitin, New York - performer
2009 - Lively Presence, a book by Instituto Divorciado- contributing artist.
2009 - Die Verbotenen Frösche, New York - music performer
2008 - The New York Conversations, A Prior Magazine, issue #18, New York - participant
2008 - Cult in the desert, a performance by Sienna Shields - performer
2007 - day-glo, a collaborative show by Elisita Punto, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY
2007 - RoS Indexical by Yvonne Rainer, New York - performer
2007 - NY Peace Walk: In the Footsteps of Paul Auster by Stalker Lab - participant
2007 - der doppelgänger, song for a short film by Nayra Ilic, Sanitago - singer
2007 - Cueca chora con Los Vinelli, Chile - performer
2007 - Filete de Nutria, Nutria NN and friends at Monkeytown, Brooklyn, NY
2006 - girls, girls, girls by Scott Penkava, New York - performer
2006 - Flashlight: No soy de aqui no soy de allá by Ivan Navarro, New York - camera
2005 - pok a tok, a video by Tina Schula, New York - performer
2005 - Nutria / Roquerío, New York - singer
2005 - Detén el Invierno by Nutria - video director
2004 - Gnatos, Music, New York - music performer
2004 - Homeless lamp the juice sucker by Ivan Navarro, New York - production, location scout, camera
2003 - Wavegarden by Yusuke Obuchi, New York - video
2003 - Open Cine with Luca Pizzaroni and Storefront.
2003 - Words, Images and Spaces: A Language For A New City by Kyong Park - camera
1998 - Shadi & company: Sunday jam sessions, New York - singer


2007 - Master in Fine Arts, Hunter College of the City University of New York
2005 - MFA Exchange Program, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Paris, France
1998 - Master of Architecture, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile