Born in California’s eclectic East Bay, Benjamin Garcia Candelaria has devoted his work to the struggle of marginalized communities. A person of Samoan, African-American, and Ecuadorian decent, his work has been inspired by his experiences in Honolulu, HI and Oakland, CA. As a lifelong musician, he has seen how the power of expression can influence socio-political ideas and uses art to document social justice and resistance. More recently, he has used photography and film to influence social change. Benjamin is currently working on his documentary thesis film The Black Collar Worker, which examines the struggles of an incarcerated man as he spends his days at the mercy of a private prison system that’s primary objective is maximizing profits.
Education and Training:
B.A. Sociology, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
B.A. Political Science, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa