Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay is a Montreal-born artist and diarist. 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.
My research seeks to re-purpose the museum audio guide into a more critical, phenomenological tool of mediation, and turns to the aesthetic and affective particularities of queer social practices to envision methods that encourage more personal and participatory encounters with the objects, spaces, feelings and histories audio guides might mediate. Since beginning PhD study, my research has taken me into the private libraries and gardens of queer scholars; through the cruising areas of Hampstead Heath and Calton Hill; into the steam of Montréal’s Bain Coloniale bath house; and into the complex and contradictory history of Berlin’s Weimar-era El Dorado gay bar.