Tobaron Waxman is a visual artist and a vocalist. Tobaron was traditionally trained in Jewish philosophy, law, and liturgy for many years, and has created live art, photography, videos and films by repurposing that religious literacy and training in new ways both critical and reverent. Tobaron's work is a Queer interrogation of how borders and notions of citizenship make moral and ethical claims on our bodies. Their strategies have included: food, photography, tissue engineering, porn, biofeedback processing, curation, sound, choreography and voice.
Tobaron's work has been curated at international venues including Palais de Tokio, Videotage Hong Kong, Kunsthalle Vienna, Lentos Museum, Vdance International Video Dance Festival Tel Aviv/Ramallah, New Museum NYC, Momenta, Le Petit Versailles, Jewish Museum NYC, and Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music.
Tobaron has taught their voice and collaborative techniques at the Art Institute of Chicago and Hollins MFA Dance; lectured at Parsons, SOAS London, SMFA Boston, Videotage Hong Kong, OCAD and others. Tobaron was honoured with fellowships including Kulturlabor ICI Berlin for “Mechitza 7.1” — acclaimed one of the five best art experiences of 2010. For the endurance performance “Opshernish”, Tobaron is the recipient of the first ever Audience Award of the Jewish Museum of New York. In 2013, Tobaron created “The Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency”, a summer institute of critical engagement with LGBTQ art, politics and histories, on the Toronto Island. Current projects include site-specific endurance performances for the a cappella transsexual voice, a hand painted 16mm film, and curatorial projects including their most recent written work: “Trans Women Artists: interviews with artists on the MTF spectrum” with forward by Susan Stryker (forthcoming 2015).
Tobaron Waxman is fellow of Akademie der Kunst der Welt in Cologne until December 2014.