Pierre Bennu is a multidisciplinary artist who uses humor, music, and the creative tools of childhood to consider and explore social norms. His work explores the intergenerational tension between cultural expression and erasure, creativity & technology. He works in animation/illustration, film, and multi media performance. Drawing from the graffiti, sampling, and griot traditions, he works to connect discarded technologies and cultural artifacts, weaving ancestral stories into an ever evolving future archaeology.
Bennu studied formally in film and fine art at Pratt Institute, and has been living and working in Baltimore since 2005. His involvement in Baltimore’s creative community began at Roy Crosse’s WestNorth Studios, and later flowered into independent community arts programming at the independent arts & performance venue Exittheapple ArtSpace. He also served on the board or the Station North arts and entertainment district until 2019.
Bennu is the author of Bullsh*t or Fertilizer: A Portable Pep Talk (Andrews McMeel, 2003), a New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship recipient, and a winner of the Rubys Artist Project Grant. His short animations, video collages, and feature-length mockumentary have been screened or discussed nationally and his visual art featured in group shows at Art Basel, Artscape, and The Honfleur Gallery.