Painters & Sculptors Program 2019 Keren Benbenisty

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Keren Benbenisty

New York, NY
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Keren Benbenisty (b. Israel, 1977) moved to Paris in 1998, graduated from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2004, and attended California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) as an international exchange scholar. She was an artist-in-residence at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2009); The International Studio & Curatorial Program, Brooklyn (2011); Residency Unlimited, New York (2016); and Arts Maebashi, Japan (2017). She is currently participating in the Open Sessions Program at the Drawing Center, New York. Her work has been exhibited at the Drawing Center; A.I.R Gallery, Brooklyn; Soloway Gallery, Brooklyn; Mishkan Ein Harod, Israel; Petach Tikva Museum, Israel; Ulterior Gallery, NY; The CUNY Graduate Center, New York; Tel-Aviv Museum of Modern Art; The University Gallery, Tel Aviv; The Artist House in Jerusalem; Francesca Antonini Gallery in Rome; and Human Resources in Los Angeles.


“Rooted within my identity as an immigrant, my videos, sculptures, and drawings explore notions of loss, displacement, and communication through historical narratives and myths. Similar to psychoanalysis methods in which language is a tool used for digging into the past and analyzing the present, my work allows me to link the archaic and the modern, demonstrating repetitions in history, bringing the past into the present.” 


  • Master Plan, Mother Tongue, 2019, a series of carved stones, Prussian blue ink, water (a series of cyanotypes on pages from the original publication of the museum), variable dimensions

  • Master Plan, Mother Tongue, 2019, a series of cyanotypes (sun-prints) on pages from the original publication of the museum, 6.5 x 9.5 inches (each)

  • Master Plan, Mother Tongue, 2019, a series of carved stones, Prussian blue ink, water, 20 x 30 x 23 inches

  • Fajja, 2018, two-channel video and sound installation, LCD screens 55”; a series of 60 drawings, blue ink on original Jaffa oranges wrapping paper; 3D-printed object

Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.