An original artist book collaboratively conceived by Tamy Ben-Tor, Miki Carmi and designer Joel Brenden.
ARCHIVE: TAMY BEN-TOR & MIKI CARMI is an image-heavy book with a starting point of either cover. The narrative record of each of the artists’ individual practices begins at the outermost edges and builds inwardly together, collapsing time and blending ideologies and artworks at the center, symbolizing a formalization of their collaboration. Book designer Joel Brenden, through close collaboration with the artists, has crafted a visceral tactic that prompts the viewer to interact with the book in multi-directional, sometimes disorienting angles, leading to a challenging of thought, culminating in Ben-Tor and Carmi’s central intentionality.
ARCHIVE: TAMY BEN-TOR & MIKI CARMI is a book about making a book, a book within a book, and a book of artifacts and mark making. Accumulated process-based work, floor photographs, finished paintings, sketches, video stills, studio character shots, varied and fragmented texts, manifestos, performance texts, and un-performed texts and rants were all orchestrated chronologically and transferred from the artists to the designer.
Literary Nonfiction. Art. Jewish Studies. Collaboration.
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Yasmeen Siddiqui is the founding director of Minerva Projects, an independent art press whose objective is to cultivate writing about the visual arts through an interdisciplinary and literary lens. In tandem with this work, Siddiqui lectures, writes, and edits; having her work published in artist and exhibition catalogues, as well as on Studio International and Hyperallergic, and in ART PAPERS, Cairo Times, Medina Magazine, Flash Art, Modern Painters, NKA, and The Brooklyn Rail. Current projects include a book length manuscript on the subject of home and a series of essays considering authoritarianism through the works of artists and authors. She is co-editing the anthology Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: The Storytellers of Art Histories (Intellect Books, 2022). She has been the recipient of 2018 Ucross Foundation Residency Fellow; 2018 ICI Independent Vision Curatorial Award Nominee; 2008 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Research Fellowship and is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute.
Tamy Ben-Tor was born in Jerusalem where she attended The School of Visual Theater, and lives in New York, where she met Carmi during the MFA program at Columbia University School of the Arts. Selected individual exhibitions: Radical Humanism (with Miki Carmi), Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv (2014); Young Emerging Artists Eating and Fucking (with Miki Carmi) Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw, Poland (2012);1646, Project Space, The Hague (2010); Disembodied Archetypes (with Miki Carmi), Zach Feuer Gallery, New York, Stefan Stux Gallery, New York, Beaumontpublic +königbloc, Luxemburg (2009); Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, Kunsthalle Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland (2008); The Kitchen, PERFORMA 07, Salon 94, New York (2007). Selected group exhibitions: Le Nouveau Festival du Centre Pompidou, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2015); Theatrical Gestures, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel (2013); Day Labor, PS1/MoMA, New York (2005). Works in collections: American University Museum, Washington; Miami Art Museum, Miami; Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Miki Carmi, born in Jerusalem, graduated from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem before receiving his MFA at Columbia University School of the Arts in New York. He has had solo shows at Stefan Stux Galley, NY, Beaumont Public, Luxemburg, Anne De Villepoix, Paris, and has participated in exhibitions at SOMA Museum, Seoul, MONA Museum, Tasmania, and HVCCA, Peekskill, NY. He has published two art books: Disembodied Archetypes (with Tamy Ben-Tor), 2009, and Miki Carmi, 2012 (with an essay by Coco Fusco). His work has been reviewed by Donald Kuspit in Artforum (March 2006), Ken Johnson at the NY Times, and Michael Wilson (Time-Out NY 2010). He is currently represented by Stefan Stux Gallery, NY.