Guy Ben-Ner – Drop the Monkey, 2009

<p>Guy Ben-Ner, one of Israel's foremost video artists, gained international recognition with a series of low-tech films, starring his family in absurdist settings carved out of their intimate spaces and their everyday surroundings. Many of his videos are inspired by screenplays for films, folktales and novels. Analyzing these literary and cinematographic passages allows him to exploit the conventions of film narrative: how to tell a story, captivate an audience through a tale, sustain a degree of tension and entertainment, and so on. At the same time, he corrupts the magic of fiction by openly showing us the entrails of everything he records, without worrying about revealing the tricks of the trade.<br> <br>Guy Ben-Ner (b.1969, Israel) obtained a MFA from Columbia University, New York (2003) and a BA in Education from Hamidrasha School of Art (1997). In 2005 Ben-Ner represented Israel at the Venice Biennale and in 2019 his work was featured at UNLIMITED, Art Basel, Basel. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK (2019); VCUarts Anderson Gallery, Richmond, USA (2014); Berlinische Galerie, Berlin (2012); Kunsthalle Mainz, Mainz (2010); Mass MoCA, North Adams, USA (2009) and Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal (2017). At Sommer Contemporary Art, his work was recently featured in the group exhibition '20 Years' (2019). His works were acquired to many important collections, such as the MoMA, NYC, and the Centre Pompidou, Paris. He is the recipient of the Sandberg Prize by the Israel Museum (2008).</p>