PRINT January 2006

Tamy Ben-Tor

PERHAPS THE ONLY THING that exceeds the hysteria within Tamy Ben-Tor’s performances and videos is the degree of hysteria about them. Although she has lived in New York City only for a year and half, having moved here to attend Columbia University’s MFA program, Ben-Tor has already enchanted the city’s art audiences with a series of short performances and performance-based videos that exude a distinctive, meaningful lunacy and reflect a sensibility located somewhere between art-world touchstone Cindy Sherman and the distant shoals of Ali G.

The foundation for the artist’s live and recorded work alike is an ever-expanding catalogue of eccentric characters who rant about a world plagued by xenophobia, bigotry, violence, self-absorption, and greed—characteristics they often paradoxically both criticize and embody. Throughout, the thirty-year-old artist morphs effortlessly from one sharply drawn

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