Aleesa Cohene and Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay: So Far, It’s The Same Problem
Curated by Blair Fornwald, Assistant Curator
October 7 to December 4, 2016
Artists Talk, Reception, and Performance (The Same Problem 7 with Mairi Greig): Friday, October 7, 6:00 pm
Aleesa Cohene and Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay’s sophisticated explorations of queer history engage wider-ranging discussions on love and the ego. Since 2009, they have collaborated on an evolving series of artworks entitled The Same Problem. Video, sound, scent, text, choreography and textiles all get sucked into the undertow of Cohene and Nemerofsky’s weird hero and his struggle with entitlement and despair.
Aleesa Cohene is a Vancouver-born artist based in Los Angeles. Her work has shown in festivals and galleries internationally. She has participated in artist residencies in Canada, the Netherlands and Denmark, and in 2010 completed a fellowship at the Kunsthochschule für Medien in Cologne, Germany. She holds a Masters of Visual Studies from the University of Toronto. Her work is in the permanent collection of Oakville Galleries, Canada and in numerous private collections.
Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay is an artist, diarist and correspondent. His work in video, sound and text has exhibited internationally and is part of the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Canada, the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna and Thielska Galleriet Stockholm.
Cohene and Nemerofsky’s practices have overlapped with each other since 1999. Their collaboration was formalized in 2009 when they began the ongoing project, The Same Problem.
Aleesa Cohene and Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, So Far, It's the Same Problem (Installation View), 2016. Photo by Don Hall.