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Tamy Ben-Tor

Brooklyn, New York

Born 1975, Jerusalem, Israel

Video and Performance Artist

In my performance I wish to inhabit that which I find repulsive. The obsessive state of the speaker inventing his own legitimacy through language, where words possess within them a secret. The source for the mimicking of the personalities in my work does come from a hybrid of specific people, but in the end it is not a specific individual which I portray, it is a mimicking of public opinion, of cultural phenomenons. The notion of normality is a perfect ground for obscenity and it is exactly that which I wish to take apart, defuse, put in disorder.

2006 M.F.A., Visual Arts, Columbia University School of the Arts

1998-2001 The School of Visual Theater, Jerusalem, Israel


2007 Judensau, Salon 94, Performa 07, New York, NY

2006 Electroyiddish, P.S.1/MoMA, Long Island City, NY

2005 Exploration in the Domain of Idiocy, Zach Feur Gallery (LFL), New York, NY

2005 Exotica, The Rat and The Liberal, Salon 94, Performa 05, New York, NY


2008 Biennial of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

2006 All About Humor, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

2006 Combine Platter, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

2006 The Artist's Cinema, Frieze Art Fair, London, England

Year Awarded 2008
Category Performance Art/Theater
BenTor01web.jpg Judensau, photo courtesy of Riccardo Crespi Gallery
BenTor02 web.jpg Judensau, photo courtesy of Riccardo Crespi Gallery