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Using heavy materials demands to craft awkwardly intimate social collaborations, Christopher Robbins works on the uneasy cusp of art and international development, creating sculptural interventions in the daily lives of strangers.
He built his own hut out of mud and sticks and lived in it while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin, West Africa, spoke at a United Nations conference about his cross-cultural digital arts and education work in the South Pacific, and has lived and worked in London, Tokyo, West Africa, the Fiji Islands, and former Yugoslavia. He has exhibited at the National Museum of Wales, PERFORMA 07, Nikolaj Kunsthallen/ Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, and been awarded residencies/ fellowships from Skowhegan, MacDowell Colony, Haystack, Penland, and Anderson Ranch, among others.
His collaborative project the Ghana Think Tank has recently been shortlisted for the Frieze Foundation Cartier Award, 2010.