Guy Ben-Ner
Before and After: The Making of “Elia”
Photogravure. 2 plates of 8 1/2 x 11 inches on a 22 x 30 inch sheet

$1,000 unframed, $1,200 framed
Edition of 30

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About the Work

Elia – A Story of an Ostrich Chick, 2003, is a video Ben-Ner produced while attending Columbia University’s MFA program. Elia is a takeoff on a nature documentary shot in Riverside Park down the street from campus. The outfits – constructed from mop handles, vacuum hoses and papier mache – face the opposite direction of their bearers, so that in the video, which runs in reverse, the ostriches appear to be walking forward. The calm, Discovery Channel- style voice-over narrates Elia’s coming of age story and her relationship and brief separation from her mother, father and brother. Like many filmmakers, Ben-Ner storyboards his projects and his beautiful drawings are numbered with the shot and scene that relate to its position in the film. Here, the drawing denotes that it is Scene 4/Shot 24. On the right is a still from the finished video from the same scene.

Guy Ben-Ner was born in Ramat-Gan, Israel, in 1969. He received a BA from Hamidrasha Art College in Ramat Hasharon in 1997 and an MFA from Columbia University in 2003.

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