Dr. Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay

Studio practice

Dr. Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay is a Montreal-born artist, diarist, and researcher based in Paris. He is a core tutor for studio practice at the MA Artistic Research offered at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK).

Benny’s artistic work mediates emotional encounters with musical, art historical, and queer cultural material, encouraging deep listening and empathic viewing. In his work you will find audio guides, bells, bouquets, ceramic vases, enchanted forests, folding screens, gay elders, glitter, gold leaf, love letters, imaginary paintings, madrigals, megaphones, mirrors, naked men, sex-changing flowers, sign language, subtitles and the voices of birds, boy sopranos, contraltos, countertenors, and sirens.

He has exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Tiroler Kunstpavillon (Innsbruck), Dazibao Centre de Photographies Actuelles (Montreal), and the Staatsbibliothek (Stuttgart); and group exhibitions at the Frankfurter Kunstverein (Frankfurt), The Power Plant Gallery of Contemporary Art (Toronto), Kunsthallen Nikolaj (Copenhagen), the Schwules Museum (Berlin), and the Red Brick House (Yokohama), among others. His work is part of the permanent collections of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, The Polin Museum for the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Thielska Galleriet Stockholm, and The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Benny's early single channel video work screened in film and media art festivals across Europe, Asia, and the Americas, and was awarded prizes at the Avanca Film and Video Festival (Portugal), the Inside Out Festival (Canada), the Hamburg Short Film Festival, the Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Kasseler Dokumentarfilm- + Videofest, and the Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen (Germany). Selected video works are distributed by LIMA (Amsterdam) and Vtape (Toronto).

Benny completed a practice-led PhD at the Edinburgh College of Art in 2019, where he was part of the Cruising the Seventies: Unearthing Pre-HIV/AIDS Queer Sexual Cultures, a three-year research project led by artists, art historians, and cultural anthropologists in Germany, Poland, Spain, and the United Kingdom. His artistic research critically examined the museum audio guide as a media form, turning to queer theory as well as contemporary museum mediation practice to expand and critically reimagine its potential. He has participated in artist residencies in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Poland, and Sweden, and is currently one of nine inaugural artists-in-residence at the Fondation Fiminco, a new cultural institution in Romainville, France.


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