25 - 28 Apr 2019
Tamy Ben-Tor @ Poppositions
Le Centre Tour à Plomb Centrum Hageltoren Slachthuisstraat 20–26 Rue de l’Abattoir, 1000 Brussels.
1646 is pleased to announce its participation to the 8th edition of Poppositions, the notable art manifestation founded in 2012 as a counterweight to the mainstream art fairs. This year Poppositions will revolve 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 presents two works of the artist Tamy Ben-Tor (b.1975, lives and works in Brooklyn, USA): “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.
Her works were exhibited and performed at various venues internationally including 1646 in 2014, New York, PS1/Moma, New York, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Manifesta 7, The Kitchen, New York, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center; Kunsthalle Winterthur, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Biennale of Sydney, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Museo Reina Sofía Madrid, PERFORMA 05 and PERFORMA 07 Biennials, New York and The ICA, London. Her work has been included in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv a.o.