Video artist Guy Ben-Ner is a year-long inhabitant of MASS MoCA‘s galleries. His exhibition Thursday the 12th, on view from May 2009 through March 2010, explores family life and imagination, while also questioning culturally proscribed lifestyles. One video, Stealing Beauty, plays like a conventional family sitcom, except that the setting is Ikea store displays in New York, Berlin and Tel Aviv. Another video reinterprets Truffaut’s 1970 film L’enfant Sauvage, placing the wild boy’s natural habitat in the family kitchen (instead of an actual forest) and having the father (instead of Truffaut’s patient doctor), cultivate the boy.
Guy Ben-Ner was born in Ramat Gan, Israel. He studied at Hamidrasha School of Art at Beit Berl College before going on to receive an MFA at New York’s Columbia University. The 2006 recipient of a DAAD Grant, Ben-Ner has exhibited at the Venice Biennial, Cincinnati’s Contemporary Art Center, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, and the Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv.