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Med popkultur i kroppen: Benny Nemerofsky Ramsays videoverk från tidigt 2000-tal
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for Fashion Studies.
2011 (Swedish)In: Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap, ISSN 1654-5443, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Artists who use experiences from a life outside the heterosexual norm as inspiration have attracted increasingly more attention in contemporary art during the last decade. The author suggests that one feature they have in common is to make themselves into artistic material, using their own bodies and self-perceptions. They also use explicit references to the impact of pop-culture in normative and non-normative notions of identities, feelings and desires. The Canadian video and performance artist Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay combines both these features in his production. Works from the earlier part of the 2000s as well as newspaper interviews with the artist, form the primary base of this article that aims to analyze how emotions and body are used as artistic material in the work of an artist who is outside the heterosexual norm, but right in the mainstream of popular culture. In the light of theories about consumer culture, on the role of the subject and of the body in contemporary art as well as the role of popular culture for self-making activities, particularly two works are analyzed: I am a Boy Band, 2002 and Lyric, 2004. The self-perception of a gay man is used as artistic material in the work of Nemerofsky Ramsay. His childhood activities of singing in a choir and taking ballet classes are linked together with feelings of not belonging in a heteronormative society in his interviews. Today this seems to have become a source of creative energy for him. With references to traditions of "camp" and lesbian and gay performance art he uses his own body, flamboyant gestures and emotional facial expressions, to stage how queer appropriating and incorporation of the surrounding culture is filled with both passion and disgust and also how these practices can point to positionalities beyond the dichotomy of depth and surface.

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2011. no 1
Keyword [en]
body without image, queer artist role, video art, pop music, emotional archives
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Art History
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-71358OAI: diva2:484718
Available from: 2012-01-27 Created: 2012-01-27 Last updated: 2015-03-17Bibliographically approved

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