Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay
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|Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay|
Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Berlin, 2016
September 25, 1973 |
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay (born September 25, 1973) is a Montreal-born artist and diarist.
Since 2000 his creative gestures in video, sound and text have contemplated the history of song, the rendering of love and emotion into language, and the resurrection and manipulation of voices – sung, spoken or screamed. Early video work concentrated on critical mimicry of material from popular culture, with references to Madonna, American Idol, Tatu, Françoise Hardy and Kylie Minogue. Recent work focuses on re-examinations of seminal texts, films and video art from queer and art history, working with material by Audre Lorde, Colin Campbell, Rosa von Praunheim, and Harry Hay.
Nemerofsky's work has screened in festivals and galleries across Canada, Europe and East Asia and has won prizes at the Hamburg Short Film Festival, the Kasseler Dokumentarfilm und Videofest and the Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen (all in Germany), the Toronto Inside Out Film and Video Festival as well as first prize at the Globalica Media Arts Biennale in Wrocław, Poland. His work is part of numerous private collections as well as the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Canada, the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna and Thielska Galleriet, Stockholm.
His works include an unconventional audioguide for POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, which starts by telling visitors to leave the museum, and then spins a mix of folklore, truth, and lies about Warsaw.
Select Video Works
Nemerofsky's extensive body of video work includes:
- Grande Audrelisque, 2016
- Colin Is My Real Name, 2013
- Portrait of a Young Man, 2012
- The Rosa Song, 2012
- Legacy, 2010
- The Same Problem (with Aleesa Cohene), 2009
- Patriotic (with Pascal Lièvre), 2005
- Lyric, 2004
- Audition Tape, 2003
- Live to Tell, 2002
- I am a Boyband, 2002
- Je Changerais d'Avis, 2000