Ben Valentine

Ben Valentine is a writer currently living in Cambodia. Having worked previously as a staff writer for Hyperallergic and SFAQ, Ben now works independently, and has written, curated, and presented on art and culture around the world. Publications include Salon, The New Inquiry, Motherboard, Arts Asia Pacific, Los Angeles Review of Books, and many more. Ben has lectured for SAIC, SXSW, the Museum of the Moving Image in NYC, 98B, in Manila, and many more. Ben is deeply committed to sharing with a wide audience, and worked as an art history teacher in Phnom Penh; helped run Sammaki Community Arts, in Battambang, Cambodia; worked in Public Programming for SA SA BASSAC, in Phnom Penh; and has led workshops on art criticism and theory at SA SA BASSAC, A.Farm, in Ho Chi Minh City, and Sammaki Community Arts. In 2018, he co-founded an intimate, invite-only writing retreat, which has so far convened in Cambodia, Malaysia, and Vietnam. Ben was once chased by elephants in Tanzania and can read children’s books in Khmer, albeit slowly.