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03.02.22—20:00    KASK lecture Benny Nemer Campus Bijloke - Cirque lecture

Artist, diarist, and KASK postdoctoral researcher Benny Nemer presents a performative lecture about his research into the postcard collection of French author and photographer Hervé Guibert, which was dispersed among his friends after his death from AIDS in 1991. Mixing fact, fantasy, and autobiography, Nemer’s research unfolds along labyrinthine paths, developing queer methods for tracing kinship through participatory practice, epistolary actions, and questionable approaches to art history.  

Benny Nemer is a Montreal-born artist based in Paris. His artistic work mediates emotional encounters with musical, art historical, botanical, and queer cultural material, encouraging deep listening and empathic viewing. His work is populated by audio guides, bells, bouquets, ceramic vases, enchanted forests, folding screens, gay elders, gold leaf, love letters, madrigals, megaphones, mirrors, naked men, queer trees, sex-changing flowers, sign language, subtitles, and the voices of birds, boy sopranos, countertenors, and sirens. Nemer’s work has been exhibited internationally, and 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. Nemer is an incoming Postdoctoral Researcher and Artistic Assistant at KASK & Conservatorium.