Stile der Stadt, Ein Projekt von Filomeno Fusco und Dirck Möllmann


Videopanel 2011

February 19 – 27, 2011

Altonaer Museum, Hamburg


Guy Ben-Ner

Guy Ben-Ner *1969 in Ramat Gan / Israel
lives and works currently in Tel Aviv

Exhibitions (selected) (S – Solo; G – Group)
2010 Bilder in Bewegung: Künstler & Video, Museum Ludwig, Köln (G)
2009 Performa 09, The 3rd Biennial of New Visual Art Performance, New York, USA (G)
2007 Skulptur.Projekte 07, Münster (G)
2005 Treehouse Kit, Israelischer Pavillon, 51. Biennale di Venezia, Italien (S)

Awards and Fellowships (selected)
2008 Sandberg Preis, Israel Museum
2007 1. Preis der KunstFilmBiennale Köln (Stealing Beauty)
2006/07 DAAD Stipendium, Berlin
2005 Hauptpreis Internationaler Wettbewerb der 51. Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen (Wild Boy)


Video on DVD, colour, sound, 17:40 min.

With: Elia, Amir, Nava and Guy Ben-Ner; Sound: Magnus Pflüger; produced with support of the DAAD, Berlin, Fund for Video Art and Experimental Cinema, CCA, The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv and Israeli Film Council Courtesy Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf / Berlin

The film Stealing Beauty takes place in the showrooms of IKEA stores. Guy Ben-Ner – together with his family – used these showrooms to shoot a film about the relationship between family and property in our society. In soap-opera style, set in the typical IKEA interiors with their price tags, the film features various chapters of a family’s everyday life. The backdrop of this story of a textbook family sometimes even changes during a single scene, because Ben-Ner shot the film without permission, and the owners of the locations apparently were not too happy with his filming. Being repeatedly kicked out meant that the film was shot in 15 IKEA stores. The family’s conversations centre around earning money and increasing wealth. The origin and preserver of that wealth is the family. The main motif of the film, however, is stealing – which, the film claims, is the consequence of these conversations. The father is the advocate of an exaggerated, clichéd materialism. The other family members, especially the children, question such a materialism, but can also hardly escape from it. The son steals money from his classmates so that he can pay his father to read him bedtime stories. The father pays his son for taking over the chore of washing the dishes. Bargain, invited by the father with his credo “Let it circulate”. At the end, the children proclaim a manifesto that encourages all children to steal and be stolen from in order to create a new circulating movement for property.