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Ben Russell


Ben Russell (1976) is an American artist, filmmaker and curator whose work lies at the intersection of ethnography and psychedelia. His films and installations are in direct conversation with the history of the documentary image, providing a time-based inquiry into trance phenomena.

Russell was an exhibiting artist at documenta 14 (2017) and his work has been presented at the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Museum of Modern Art, the Tate Modern, the Museum of Modern Art Chicago, the Venice Film Festival and the Berlinale, among others. He is a recipient of a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship, a FIPRESCI International Critics Prize (IFFR 2010, Gijón 2017), and premiered his second and third feature films at the Locarno Film Festival (2013, 2017). Curatorial projects include Magic Lantern (Providence, USA, 2005-2007), BEN RUSSELL (Chicago, USA, 2009-2011), and Hallucinations  (Athens, Greece, 2017).

He is currently based in Marseille, France.


Update: 18 November 2021


Has participated in

Ethnography and psychedelia: Ben Russell's "cine-trance".

With the presence of the filmmaker.

Ethnographic F(r)ictions

Intersections between anthropology and experimental cinema

Xcèntric Archive "Black Light"

Aula Xcèntric (Xcèntric Workshop). The Dancing Death

Carnivalesque Subversion and Non-fiction Film

Sounds brilliant. From sounds to images

Otherness and fiction

Russell, Warhol: Incandescences