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Tamy Ben-Tor



25/04/2019 –
– 28/04


1646 participated in the 8th edition of Poppositions, the notable art manifestation founded in 2012 as a counterweight to the mainstream art fairs. The year 2012 Poppositions revolved around the term ‘woke’, by which it aims to question the appropriation of the word ‘woke’, originally indicating a new social awareness, by main companies and brands as a trendy lifestyle in order to make more profit. Every participating organisation will show the work of artists that try to formulate an answer to this situation.

For this occasion 1646 presented two works of the artist Tamy Ben-Tor: “Michael Taussig” and “Tolerance”. Ben-Tor’s work uses an exuberant metamorphosis skill, humour and an unforgiving bluntness to impersonate existing and fictional characters that embody controversial issues. In “Michael Taussig”, for example, the artist caricatures famous anthropologist Michael Taussig. Taussig, both acclaimed as a ‘rock star’ within the field as well as highly criticised for mixing fact and fiction in his ethnographic studies, personifies in Ben-Tor’s work the dubious power relationships originated within Academia discourse. Taussig, who wrote books on slavery, hunger, colonialisms, and poor communities in Colombia, is humorously being portrayed in the work as a self-centred figure who profits from exploiting people’s vulnerable realities in order to gain recognition and financial support.

In her performances and videos Tamy Ben-Tor dissects and overacts the idea of normality and functionality in our contemporary perception. She imposes upon herself and the viewer a state of mind which is obsessed and possessed by these ideas, only to find that the human condition remains torn away and isolated.


About Miki Carmi: Carmi (b. 1976, Israel) received his M.F.A. from Columbia University in 2005 and graduated from Bezalel Academy of art and design in Jerusalem in 2003. He has exhibited at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, New York, NY, and Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Cambridge, MA
  • About Tami Ben-Tor: Ben-Tor (b. 1975, Israel) lives and works in New York, 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. With costumes, props, and makeup, Ben-Tor’s performances confront political issues, cultural cliches, and racial stereotypes. Ben-Tor has performed at international festivals, including The International Puppet Festival, France; the PIF 2000 Festival, Zagreb, Croatia; and the LUTKE festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her video work has been shown internationally at NGBK/Bethanien Gallery in Berlin, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center as part of Greater New York 2005, and at Zach Feuer Gallery. As a part of PERFORMA 05, Tamy Ben-Tor performed Exotica, the Rat, and the Liberal. She debuted “Judensau” at Salon 94 as a part of PERFORMA 07


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