Tamar Benin

Born in 1976, mother of 4 children, lives in Jerusalem. Engages in multidisciplinary art, and in recent years focuses mainly on photography, videography, and patient x-ray.

“I was born and raised in Jerusalem in a religious Moroccan-Adenite family. At a very young age, I learned that in order to survive in the existing Israeli cultural reality, I must disguise not only my body, but also my origin. When I became a mother, 12 years ago, I felt that I was splitting into two: there is me the girl, and me the mother of a girl. And these two are still not resolved – each awakens the demons of the other, and each asks questions.

Through my works I manage to answer some of them, overwhelm others and test all kinds of my perceptions about myself and about the figure standing in front of me, which is sometimes in the form of my daughter, my mother or my grandmother.

The topics that occupy me are motherhood, femininity and the Moroccan Arabic culture of my family, for all their launching points.

During these years, much of what I worked on was consolidated into a body of works, “sura” – dowry.

To produce the images in my works, I rely on cultural and traditional references, and express them through materials such as food, fabrics and the body. I use different techniques – I pierce, wet and create collages from layers of different materials and filters. Through them – I am trying to restore the tradition that was a crown on the head of our verifications, either by choice, or by lack of choice. I draw inspiration from the stories and the sectarian and Israeli culture in which I grew up, and treat them with love – but also with criticism. The works deal with relationships and intergenerational female existence – mine against my daughter, against my mother, and against our maternal lineage.”

  • Laylah 2017

    100X30 light box

    Tamar Benin
  • I revolves around you 2020

    50X70

    Tamar Benin
  • Extra-Thin Mufleta 2020

    17X22

    Tamar Benin
  • T.B. 1 2021

    Tamar Benin
  • Untitled 2022

    31X37 with a frame 42X48

    Tamar Benin
  • Good enough mother, 2021

    25X36 with a frame 31X42

    Tamar Benin
  • Tamar Benin – Tamar Benin

    55x55 cm

    Tamar Benin
  • Tamar Benin – Tamar Benin

    20x30.5 cm

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