Kathy and others, 2010 - Tamy Ben-Tor and Miki Carmi
About the Work
About Kathy and others
For "Disembodied Archetypes," Israeli artists Tamy Ben-Tor and Miki Carmi toy with identity and theatricality in photographs of performances by slightly skewed classic characters, invented and portrayed by Ben-Tor. “Neither the grotesque proportions of these heads nor the idiotic manner ...Read More
For "Disembodied Archetypes," Israeli artists Tamy Ben-Tor and Miki Carmi toy with identity and theatricality in photographs of performances by slightly skewed classic characters, invented and portrayed by Ben-Tor. “Neither the grotesque proportions of these heads nor the idiotic manner of these performances imitate life," the artists say of the project. "Rather they aim to imitate the dynamic of thought." Here, a man wears an obviously pasted-on mustache and beard while donning a turban, caught mid-performance in an ambiguous, staged scene.Read Less
About the Artist
About Tamy Ben-Tor and Miki Carmi
Ben-Tor, for her part, is known for eccentric, character-driven video and performance works that mine the complexities of Jewishness and the many faces of bigotry—or, sometimes, misunderstanding—in contemporary society. Her most famous work, Women Talk About Adolf Hitler, is a montage of various characters (all played by the artist) voicing their thoughts on the Nazi dictator, resulting in a bizarre coffee klatch as irreverent as it is disturbing. Ben-Tor's guises in her work spans a broad range of demographics, age groups, and cultures, satirically poking holes in prejudice while indicating how widespread and pervasive stereotyping is. Shown internationally, from Los Angeles MOCA to Frankfurt's Schirn Kunsthalle to Madrid's Reina Sofia, Ben-Tor was also included in MoMA/PS1's 2005 Greater New York exhibition.
Carmi, meanwhile, targets identity on a more individual, personal level, often using his grandparents and their personal histories as a basis for his works. A series of oil paintings depict the slightly exaggerated, non-idealized floating heads of his grandparents, magnified to ten times their scale and set against a stark white backdrop, encouraging viewers to contemplate the elder subjects' thoughts and experiences. Carmi also collaborated with Ben-Tor in Disembodied Archetypes (2010) at Zach Feuer Gallery, a show that used photography, video, and painting to tell the story of a poet as a jumping-off point for a conversation about ritual and performance.Read Less
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