Guy Ben Ner: Go Back Where U Came From
This is the first comprehensive exhibition in Israel for Guy Ben Ner, one of the most prominent video artists in the world today.
Ben Ner gained worldwide recognition with works that interweave his personal life with timeless myths and with seminal literary and cinematic works. His early films engage with the tension between his practice as an artist and fatherhood and family life. They are rooted in the domestic, everyday environment, while relying on familiar cinematic genres: silent cinema, sitcoms, nature films, instructional films and more. In contrast to the highbudget film and television industries, Ben Ner deliberately creates his films with what is most readily available to him: his family members, his home, public spaces, and of course himself. In a spirit of improvisation and inventiveness, he presents a model for inexpensive cinema — and economic independence also becomes part of the message. Many of Ben Ner's works present artistic “guerrilla acts,” such as filming without a permit, using public areas, stealing soundtracks, and vandalizing property. Navigating between private and public spaces, he emphasizes the decisive influence that society, the economy, and politics have on the most intimate relationships —marital and family ties.
The exhibition and catalogue were made possible by the generosity of the Ostrovsky Family Fund