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Before and After: The Making of "Elia", 2009


Guy Ben-Ner
Before and After: The Making of "Elia" (2009)
2 plates of 8 1/2 by 11 inches on a 22 by 30 inch sheet
Signed edition of 30
Price: $1,200 (shipping and tax not included)

Proceeds benefit the Artis M.F.A. Israeli Artist Fund at Columbia University

Elia – A Story of an Ostrich Chick (2003) is a video Ben-Ner produced while attending Columbia University’s MFA program. He selected this image for a limited edition print with all proceeds benefiting the fund of which he was the first recipient. “Elia” is a take off on a nature documentary shot in Riverside Park down the street from campus. The outfits – constructed from mop handles, vacuum hoses and papier mache – face the opposite direction of their bearers, so that in the video, which runs in reverse, the ostriches appear to be walking forward. The calm, Discovery Channel-style voice-over narrates Elia's coming of age story and her relationship and brief separation from her mother, father and brother. Like many filmmakers, Ben-Ner storyboards his projects and his beautiful drawings are numbered with the shot and scene that relate to its position in the film. Here, the drawing denotes that it is Scene 4/Shot 24. On the right is a still from the finished video from the same scene.

Guy Ben-Ner was born in Ramat-Gan, Israel, in 1969. He received a BA from Hamidrasha Art College in Ramat Hasharon in 1997 and an MFA from Columbia University in 2003. In 2005, Ben-Ner represented Israel at the Venice Biennial. The artist has had solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati (2005), Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv (2006); Center for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (2006); and Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal (2007). Ben-Ner’s work has also been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2004); P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2005); Sculpture Projekte, Muenster (2007); the Shanghai Biennale (2008); and the Liverpool Biennial (2008). In 2007 Ben-Ner was awarded a prestigious DAAD fellowship. The artist is represented by Postmasters Gallery, New York, and Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf. He is currently a guest lecturer at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. The artist lives and works in Tel Aviv.

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