Performance: December 4 & 5, 2009
Participant: Tamy Ben-Tor
Duration: 40 minutes
In Tamy Ben-Tor’s performance Jubilatka, the audience encounters several different characters. On a long and narrow white stage in front of a seated crowd of witnesses, Ben-Tor is transformed in a collage of ready-mades into a number of hybrid figments of the imagination. In the light of a single fluorescent tube, she imitates various frames of mind by fusing reason with self-absorption in a sequence of chaotic caricatures, for example a blond American housewife or a bearded man in a turban. Ben-Tor animates her characters using deliberate body language and subtle facial expressions. Mixing real and invented languages she tackles a wide range of subjects. The performance allows the audience free scope for reactions and associations. Ben-Tor’s observations of the individual are sharp and critical, yet warm and human.
The work of Tamy Ben-Tor (born in 1975 in Jerusalem, Israel, lives and works in New York, USA) takes on the dividing line between the comical and the traumatic. Her works manifest our collective fears and prejudices. She has been described as a mixture of Cindy Sherman, Kara Walker, Alex Bag, Kafka, the Yiddish Theatre and Greek tragedy. In unsettling and razor-sharp performances she transforms into challenging caricatures and complex characters, spewing statements, facts and opinions.