Lior Tamim (born 1982) currently lives and works in New York. His work is often installation based and incorporates photography, video, painting and sculpture. Tamim received numerous awards and scholarships such as the William Randolph Hearst scholarship, John L. Tishman scholarship and The Parsons BFA Photography award for Excellence. He participated in numerous exhibitions in Israel, New York and Russia.
I am an archivist; I use my body as a tool of collection, as a camera, or a memory stick to which moments are filed. My work creates and preserves experiences, and each work I produce is made first as a performance, later as its product.
My work, while anchored in photography, is often installation based and incorporates a wide variety of mediums including video, performance, painting, and sculpture. In Works 2014 and The Factory Project, I emphasize the integration of several mediums when creating a single piece – a sculpture that becomes an image, a performance that becomes a painting, and a photograph that becomes a sculpture. Each project is site-specific, and dictates its own rules and methodology. I find myself practicing techniques that I have not yet mastered, attempting to reinvent myself each time.
I see each project as a performance, and each space as a stage. The process of creation and execution is an experience that couldn't be repeated. The physical act functions as a memory. The violent nature apparent in my work, directing my subjects to shoot at my cameras, lifting bricks, or being covered in black paint in a live performance, helps me carve the experience into my skin.