Tunings - performance by Benny Nemer

24 September 2021

5:30 - 6:30 pm



Rehearsal image from Tunings, Benny Nemer, 2021, video still by Matt Frenot

Join us at Stryx Gallery on Friday 24th September, 5:30 -6:30 pm for a performance by Benny Nemer.

Tunings is a performance that foregrounds unfolding subjectivities between bodies, flowers, and sculptural materials. Emerging from Benny Nemer’s floral arranging practice, the performance includes dancers and musicians led by a number of ‘material intimacies.’ 

These large scale, time-based floral compositions have been developed as a methodology for making performance and marks Nemer’s first performance of Tunings in the UK. 

Tunings is presented by Birmingham-based curator Seán Elder with BIDF and Grand Union. Please note that this event will take place at Stryx, project and exhibition space next door to Grand Union at Minerva Works.

Stryx, Unit 13 Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmimgham, B5 5RS.

Artist Bio

Benny Nemer (1973) is a Montreal-born artist, diarist and researcher. His work mediates emotional encounters with musical, art historical, and queer cultural material, encouraging deep listening and empathic viewing. In his work you will find audio guides, bells, bouquets, ceramic vases, enchanted forests, folding screens, gay elders, glitter, gold leaf, love letters, imaginary paintings, madrigals, megaphones, mirrors, naked men, private libraries, sex-changing flowers, sign language, subtitles, woodwinds, wrapping paper, and the voices of birds, boy sopranos, contraltos, countertenors, and sirens.

His work has exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Tiroler Kunstpavillon (Innsbruck), Dazibao Centre de Photographies Actuelles (Montreal), and the Staatsbibliothek (Stuttgart); and numerous group exhibitions including the Frankfurter Kunstverein (Frankfurt), The Power Plant Gallery of Contemporary Art (Toronto), Kunsthallen Nikolaj (Copenhagen), the Schwules Museum (Berlin), and the Red Brick House (Yokohama), among others. His sound and video work is part of the permanent collections of the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Vienna), The Polin Museum for the History of Polish Jews (Warsaw), Thielska Galleriet (Stockholm), and The National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa).