Ezra Benus (b. 1993, New York) has studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem, the University of Amsterdam, and completed his degree in Studio Art (honors) and Jewish Studies at CUNY Hunter College in NYC. Ezra graduated as an Erich Fromm Fellow from Paideia Institute in Stockholm, where he completed an intensive 8 month long Jewish Studies fellowship. He is also a proud member of the first BOOT CAMP cohort of Disability/Arts/NYC/Taskforce (DANT), working to promote the practice and policy of Disability Artistry in NYC.
Through his paintings, sculptures, and performances, Ezra's work confronts social and cultural assumptions on the topics of disease/disability, and religion, in hopes of opening up ideas and conversations surrounding these topics. He has shown/performed work in Jerusalem, Stockholm, NYC, Dayton, Ohio, and just had two works exhibited in two galleries during the SPARK Disability Art Festival in Calgary, Alberta.
Alongside his art practice, Ezra has He has worked for three summers as an art educator at Brandeis Institute for Art and Music (BIMA), a pre-college program based at Brandeis University, and was recently featured on the Covenant Foundation as one of "12 Jewish Artist-Educators You Should Know". He has also engaged in various curatorial endeavors, notably the Strijd ∞ (pronounced Stride Infinity) exhibition about the infinite struggle for democratization for higher education, which has been shown in the Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, BAK Utrecht, among other venues. He has published articles with his co-curators in the "Nomos of Images" research project, based at the Kunsthistorisches Institut (KHI) in Florenz, Max-Planck-Institut, and recently in the Polish art history journal "Art for the Sake of Democracy".
SPARK Disability Arts Festival,
11/27-12/8/2017. Exhibiting at Studio C Gallery and Alberta College of Art and Design, Main Hall. Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
“Strijd ∞ - a Performative Exhibition.” Art for the Sake of Democracy, Issue 16 (2017): 133-141.
Benus, E., Breugelmans, T., Buta, C., Eckenhaussen, S., Kerchman, A., Lerm Hayes, C.M, Rhodes, E., Smalen, J., Sperling, F.,
“A Showcase: 12 Jewish Artist-Educators You Should Know”, Sight Line Magazine, Covenant Foundation, October 18, 2017, Online.
“Sculpture, 'Zines, and The Book of Jonah: BIMA’s Artists’ Beit Midrash”, Sight Line Magazine, Covenant Foundation, October 16, 2017, Online.
Breaking Silences, Demanding Crip Justice: Sex, Sexuality, and Disability
9/22-24/2017. Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.
Exhibiting artist at the conference; exhibited three works from the Sex/Help series.
Per Forma: Transition and Identity
12/8-9/2016. Performance of "לֹך לֹך/Go Forth/Go To Yourself"
Collaboration with Anna Korbasova (Proteus Aa) at Fylkingen, Stockholm, Sweden.
'Per Forma' was a two–day event exploring the relationship between contemporary performance art, theatre and their audiences.
'Per Forma' was curated by Alice Maselnikova as part of a degree project within Curating Art, International Master's Programme at Stockholm University. The project was presented in collaboration with Europa Direkt Intercult and Fylkingen Studios.
Hej Hej PALS Performance Art Festival
10/16/2016. Performance of “Fourth Text” with Anna Korbasova (Proteus Aa) at Fylkingen, Stockholm, Sweden.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2/25/2015-ongoing
Art History students added the Strijd ∞ exhibition to the visual culture of the Maagdenhuis protest/occupation until the eviction of all protesters, and afterwards was exhibited throughout Europe.
Cult. Magazine, Issue #5
pp. 23, Winter 2014/2015, New York
The Doping Agency: Second Show (xWhy Empire)
08/20/2014, Ella Lounge, New York
Muse Scholars Showcase
(Curator and exhibitor)
03/25/2014, CUNY Hunter College, New York
Muse Scholars Inaugural Showcase
(Curator and exhibitor)
05/08/2013, CUNY Hunter College, New York
05/08-5/17/2012, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem
Forty exchange students from 13 countries, including two Fulbright Fellows from the US, exhibit the artwork they created over the year at Bezalel in the Academy’s Fine Art Department until May 17, 2012.