The identity of Indian-American-Jewish artist Siona Benjamin is layered and multifaceted, just like her artwork.
Raised as a Jew and member of the Bene Israel community in a largely Hindu and Muslim Mumbai, she attended Catholic and Zoroastrian schools before moving to the US. Benjamin’s transcultural view has been shaped by diverse, complex experiences and is inspired by history and mythology, as illustrated by the captivating characters and symbolism which populate her pieces.
Immigration, gender, the concept of ‘home’, and the role of art in social change are explored through vibrantly hued paintings blending tradition with innovation and navigating feelings of inclusion and exclusion. Further reflecting current issues, Benjamin’s work considers and challenges perceptions about culture, race and religion, and in crossing boundaries and building bridges, she asks viewers to do the same.
Anonymous Fund of the Milwaukee Jewish Community Foundation Bader Philanthropies Isabel Bader Brico Fund David & Madeleine Lubar Joan Lubar & John Crouch Susan A. Lubar
America’s Black Holocaust Museum Anonymous Suzy Ettinger Donor Advised Fund of the Milwaukee Jewish Community Foundation Israel Center of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation Jewish Community Relations Council of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation Milwaukee Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin Gene and Ruth Posner Foundation Betsy Rosenblum and Richard Buchband Annalee Sosman Tikkun Ha-Ir University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee – The Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies
In-Kind: America’s Black Holocaust Museum Black Cat Alley Blick Art Materials Cardinal Stritch University East Side Business Improvement District Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee Pardeep Kaleka Marcus Performing Arts Center Milwaukee Public Library Zehra Tahir
This exhibit is supported in part by a grant from the Milwaukee Arts Board and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.