Tamy Ben-Tor

Studio Character 2, photo taken by Miki Carmi.
Studio Character 2, 2019, photo taken by Miki Carmi.

Born in 1975, Jerusalem, Israel. Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.  Tamy Ben-Tor is a graduate of The School of Visual Theatre, Jerusalem in 2001, and the M.F.A. program in Visual Art at Columbia University 2006. Using spoken word, various soundtracks, costumes, masks and wigs, Ben-Tor’s videos and performances are a hysteric embodiment of her surroundings and an amplified over exaggerated interpretation of “Normal”  .

“My consciousness is a sponge absorbing all of contemporary filth.

The artistic process for me, in the form of a performance, is to solidify this sponge into a hard stamp tool and press it back onto the audience’s consciousness for the duration of the performance.

At the end, I hope they come out of it stained, impressed, as I am, by the ailments of this time which we live in.”

She has had solo shows at the Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Atlanta Contemporary Art Center; Kunsthalle Winterthur; and Cubitt, London. Ben-Tor has also participated in exhibitions at ZKM, Karlsruhe; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Biennale of Sydney; Manifesta 7; Mori Museum, Tokyo; MoCA, Los Angeles; Reina Sofia, Madrid; as well as the PERFORMA 05 and PERFORMA 07 Biennials, New York.

She has been collaborating with artist Miki Carmi since their joint Artists’ book “Disembodied Archetypes” Regency Arts Press , 2008.

To learn more, check out Minerva projects link for their book project. Also, here is links to the videos discussed in the interview: Suma Kom Laudum, 2020. Bill Gates, 2020 and Revenge of The Bureaucrats, 2020.

Studio Character 3, photo taken by Miki Carmi.
Video still from young emerging artists eating and fucking, 2015
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  1. WoW!!! That was fresh! Powerful and painfully truthfull. Thank you Brainard for these unbelievably engaging inteviews. Looking forward to experience the performance.

  2. […] Tamy Ben-Tor lives and works in Brooklyn. When we spoke in early December during what, at the time, was the peak of the pandemic, she was working on videos while performance is on hiatus. She is also working on a collaborative artist book to be published soon. In fact, this strange time when things are on pause has been beneficial for the continued creation of this project. There will ultimately be two books, one titled Archive which will be a collection of projects over the last 12 years between Tamy, who is a performance artist, and her collaborator who is a painter. To hear more about this project, as well as the role of the publisher in this project which is quite a bit more in-depth than just publishing, and to hear more about Tamy’s videos and find links to view them, listen to the complete interview. […]

  3. […] Tamy Ben-Tor lives and works in Brooklyn. When we spoke in early December during the peak of the pandemic, she was working on videos while performance is on hiatus. She is also working on a collaborative artist book to be published soon. In fact, this strange time when things are on pause has been beneficial for the continued creation of this project. There will ultimately be two books, one titled Archive which will be a collection of projects over the last 12 years between Tamy, who is a performance artist, and her collaborator who is a painter. To hear more about this project, as well as the role of the publisher in this project which is quite a bit more in-depth than just publishing, and to hear more about Tamy’s videos and find links to view them, listen to the complete interview. […]