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Keren Benbenisty

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Anthropology has taught us that the division between sacred and profane runs through all religions, past and present. In my current projects I wish to investigate notions of past, present and contemporaneity by transposing this age-old, universal division into the present. The works I will exhibit superimpose mundane, everyday objects with historic artifacts, relics and monuments charged with cultural, social and political meaning. Through my exploration of ancient forms and contours I will try to question the contemporary language of Western societies. By going backwards to the past, to the origin so to speak, I also wish to target my own 'origin' – the archaic moment of Middle Eastern cultures.

Keren Benbenisty (b.1977, Herzeliya, Israel) moved to Paris in 1998 and graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieur des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2004. She attended California Institute of the Arts in 2003 and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2009. She moved to New York City in 2011 and participated at the ISCP – International Studio & Curatorial Program in New York.

She is currently living and working in Manhattan.

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