Ben Taranto

Ben Taranto is an artist, activist, and facilitator based in Melbourne. He also runs an art services business that supports local artists, galleries, and curators. Taranto has been in numerous group exhibitions across Melbourne at galleries such as Bundoora Homestead, Hawthorn Town Hall Gallery, Counihan Gallery, c3 Contemporary Artspace, and Bus Projects. In 2019, he co-curated 28 Beasts, an art event at an empty residential house in Brunswick with Jake Treacy. His art practice adopts methods and processes that mimic human activity such as removal, replacement, and alteration to create monuments to human impact and memorials to lost ecosystems. Recently Taranto’s practice has moved deeper into the social justice sphere working alongside Indigenous activists as he navigates the line between an art practice and an activist practice.