Guy Ben-Ner

Stealing Beauty

2007
Tel Aviv-based Guy Ben-Ner has received international acclaim for his videos that measure the demands of family, civic and social responsibility against the vagaries and impulses of individual desire. Filled with humour, intimacy and philosophical insight, his highly engaging and entertaining works indelibly blur the boundaries between everyday life and its representation, as Ben-Ner and members of his real family act in scripted narratives. Stealing Beauty is a wry and poignant tale filmed in IKEA showrooms during business hours. In the video, a father attempts to teach lessons to his children about the virtues of private property, hard work and the difference between right and wrong.
Artist
Title
Stealing Beauty
Date
2007
Medium
Time-Based Media
Materials
digital video disk (DVD), 17:40 minutes
Dimensions
installation dimensions variable
Nationality
Israeli
Credit line
Purchased 2008
Accession number
42221