Ireashia M. Bennett

Ireashia M. Bennett is a storyteller, filmmaker, and writer whose work aims to create worlds, and document moments, where Black queer, disabled folks can exist in ease, complexity, and pleasure. They earned a B.A. in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago. Their work takes the form of new media, short and experimental films, as well as written and multimedia essays. They are a recipient of the two-year RaD Lab + Outside the Walls fellowship at Threewalls and the SPARK Grant from the Chicago Artists Coalition. Their artistic work has been exhibited in art spaces such as the Sullivan Galleries, Arts Incubator, Stony Island Arts Bank, and Chicago Art Department in Chicago as well as nationally at the Museum of African American History in Boston, MA.

Image: Going Back to the Future (2022): Film still fromGoing Back to the Future, a visual collage by Ireashia M. Bennett as a response to To Render the Infinite, a short film by zakkiyyah najeebah dumas o’neal and composer by Ayana Contreras. Published on April 5, 2022 by Sixty Inches from Center. 

SPARK Microgrant

2019 - 2020,
Grant Recipient

Coney Family Fund

2022 - 2023,
Grant Recipient