Tamy Ben-Tor, Hip Hop Judensau America

Performance 29th November 2006 - 6.30 pm
Riccardo Crespi gallery

1st December 2006 - 6.30 pm
Rome, Associazione Mutilati e Invalidi di Guerra 

The Smile at the Foot of the Ladder: # 1

Music, text, costumes and apparently specific characters, are the means and instruments used to challenge, at an artistic level, that which resides within the performance, and represent the subdivision and abstraction of a character through the specific and the recognizable.

The work of Tamy Ben-Tor is a fusion of: Cindy Sherman, Kara Walzer, Alex Bag, Kafka, the Yiddish theatre, and Greek tragedy. Like Sherman, Ben-Tor uses costumes, wigs and make-up to transform herself, into a variety of female personas who recite surreal monologues. These are not the kind of people you would want to find yourself sitting next to on a long flight. They are bigoted, petulant, bitter, bewildered-and unnervingly familiar.

This caustically intelligent artist thinks of her performances as dramatic moments, where the characters are torn from their natural context, and placed in the dominion of idiocy, to create a space of seclusion and non sense, in which identity has little to do with reality, and more to do with their need for it.

For the “first” Roman presentation of The Smile at the Foot of the Ladder, Tamy Ben-Tor is confronted by the particularities within the Association of the Mutilated and Invalid of War. A unique location of its genre, a war temple, realized by Marcello Piacenti, celebrated rationalist architect, on horse-back from the I and II world war, to accommodate the residence of the association.