Benigson’s multimedia work is a collision of all things sexy, cool and current, layering colour, print and sound, to create immersive, dreamlike and hyper-sensual installations, within which lives a world of geopolitical, religious and global interests.

Often combining images of the female body with contemporary music, Benigson’s video works are evocative of MTV and inspired by the pace and gloss of her generation. Creating highly saturated works, fusing her own images with images sourced on the internet – often over-laying images of the female body with flowers, guns, lollipops – Benigson knowingly presents a palette that plays on stereotypical femininity, so that provocation borders parody in her exploration of contemporary identity. Benigson’s investigation of identity, which is concerned by issues of individuality and duality, is extended through her performances as alter-ego, the rapper Princess Belsize Dollar, and her online profiles (on Twitter, Facebook and her website) as well as the supplication of her cousin (who is indistinguishably similarly looking to the artist) with herself as the protagonist in her videos. Her most recent works have turned her attention to cyber worlds, and its extension of the body, identity and fantasy, whereby the borders of the virtual and the real body, fantasy and reality are seen to be explored.

As an artist she has been described as “A Pipilotti Rist for a harder, more media-savvy generation au fait with ‘The Hills’ and the ‘Kardashians’ (where) the world of ugly pink GIFs, Twitter profiles, aspirational feminine imagery and over-saturated colours and patterns are put together in a fantasy mash-up.”[1]

Benigson was born in London in 1985 where she currently lives and works. She studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, graduating with first class honours in 2009, and completing her MA in 2011. Past exhibitions include shows at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, and a solo exhibition at the Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town. She has been included in projects with artist collective, Lucky PDF, including projects at Frieze Art Fair 2011 and Flat Time House Gallery. Her work is included in the University of Cape Town Collection and the Zabludowicz Collection, London. Helen Carmel Benigson has been named Artist to Watch and a successor to Tracey Emin by The Independent newspaper and was awarded the LUX Associate Artist award for 2012.

 McLean-Ferris, Laura ‘Britart’s new wave: Who are the successors to Hirst and Emin?,’ The Independent, 22 July, 2011