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I Don't Know Where Paradise Is

Author Benny Nemer

Designed by Paris-based Clément Wibaut, Benny Nemer: I Don’t Know Where Paradise Is expands upon Nemer’s 2020 CUAG exhibition and eponymous audio work distilled from his research in the libraries of elder gay scholars in Amsterdam, London, Montreal, Paris and Vienna.

This beautiful, intimate book features lush photographs of the thirteen pairings of exquisite floral arrangements created with members of Ottawa’s queer community in response to chapters of the audio work for the exhibition, and essays by five writers that astutely situate Nemer’s work in broader, overlapping contexts. Benny Nemer: I Don’t Know Where Paradise Is features contributions from Benny Nemer, Heather Anderson, Ann Cvetkovich, Jennifer Evans, John Potvin, and Sandra Dyck.

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Format Hardcover
Pages 136
Year Published 2023

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Dr. Benny Nemer | KABK

Benny Nemer is an artist, diarist, and researcher based in Paris. His multidisciplinary practice approaches a diversity of themes through an evolving ensemble of materials, among them the human voice, flowers, epistolary writing, private libraries, and queer archives.

Born in Montreal in 1973, Nemer is the grandson of Quebec potter Rosalie Namer (1925–2006), whose artistic kinship instilled in him an early aesthetic sensibility that included an appreciation of objects, a practice of epistolary writing, and a sympathy with flowers. 

In addition to numerous private collections, Nemer's work is in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Ystads Konstmuseum and the Flaten Art Museum.