Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay

Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay is a Montreal-born artist and diarist based in Edinburgh. His artistic work mediates emotional encounters with musical, art historical and Queer cultural material, encouraging deep listening and empathic viewing. In his work you will find bells, bouquets, ceramic vases, enchanted forests, folding screens, gay elders, glitter, gold leaf, love letters, imaginary paintings, madrigals, megaphones, mirrors, naked men, sex-changing flowers, sign language, subtitles, and the voices of birds, boy sopranos, contraltos, countertenors, and sirens. Nemerofsky’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.



2006, 01:30 minutes, colour, None

Audition Tape

2003, 08:00 minutes, colour, eng&russian

I am a Boyband

2002, 05:10 minutes, colour, English

Forever Young

2001, 05:00 minutes, colour, English, German, French, American sign language, Swedish

Je Changerais d'Avis

2000, 04:00 minutes, colour, french, english, german, american sign language


1998, 04:00 minutes, B&W, Yiddish w English subtitles

Critical Writing

"A joke's a very serious thing": Subversive Camp Humour in Benny...
by Wendy L. Moir. Carelton University - M.A. Dissertation, 2010.
Auto Emotion: Autobiography, Emotion and Self-Fashioning
by Matthew Hyland. Switch, Summer 2008, no. 1.2.
It Will Burn Inside Me
by Stefan St-Laurent. Art Star 3 Video Art Biennial, 2007. Ottawa: Galerie SAW Gallery, 2007.
Art that weeps, sings and bleeds: If you're interested in the...
by Sarah Milroy. The Globe and Mail, June 11, 2007.
Love is a battlefield: Pop & politics get a musical makeover
by Daryl Vocat. Xtra, Sept. 28 Fall, 2006, no. 572.
Unplugging the Evil Twin, The Dismantler, and the Singer of Songs:...
by Alissa Firth-Eagland. Canadian Theatre Review, Summer 2006, no. 127.
Pile Driver: Philippe Donadini messes things up
by Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay. C Magazine, Winter 2006, no. 92.
by Sylvie Gilbert. Video HEROES, 2004.
Heartbreaker-The Video Art of Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay
by Robert Enright. Border Crossings, 2004, no. 92.
Foreword: VS Program
by Jon Davies. VS (Event Program), Dec. 2004.
Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained: (Vs. Program)
by Scott SØrli. VS (Event Program), Dec. 2004.
Re-play: Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga
by Catherine Osborne. Canadian Art, Spring 2004, v. 21, no. 1.
VS: 640 480 - original programme
by Jon Davies et al. VS, Dec. 2004.
I wanna be a popstar
by Eva Scharrer. C Magazine, Spring 2004, no. 81.
Generation Next
by Sarah Milroy. The Globe and Mail, May 10, 2003.
Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay: Subversive Video-Maker is His Own Boy...
by Thomas Hirschmann. Now, Oct. 16, 2003, v. 23, no. 7.
Paradise found: Consumer culture on display
by Thomas Hirschmann. Now, Apr. 10, 2003, v. 22, no. 32.
Guts, gore & pussy galore
by Samantha Sarra. Xtra!, Apr. 3, 2003, no. 481.
Video's Body, Analog and Digital
by Laura U. Marks. Touch: Sensuous Theory and Multisensory Media, 2002. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2002.
Video Primer: A Series of 5 Video Programs: Language
by Michelle Jacques. Video Primer, 2002. Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 2002.