Artist biography:

Tobaron Waxman is a visual artist who sings. Tobaron composes performances for photograph, video and site specific installation, and is also a trained vocalist in Jewish liturgical music. As a curator, Tobaron’s curatorial projects have included ‘Watch me Work:Women, Labour and Queer Economies” at BBK Köln, Germany; ‘Object Body: Unexpectedly Ecstatic’ at Studio Maya, Brooklyn: ‘Radical Drag/Transformative Performance’ in collaboration with Stefan St-Laurent at GalerieSAWGallery, Ottawa; and the internationally touring video program ‘Topographixx: Trans in the Landscape’. In 2013, Tobaron founded The Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency, as a combined curatorial, relational/live art, and sociopolitical praxis. Since 2017 Tobaron has been Trans Archive Assistant at Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, part of a collaborative team creating the Trans Archive at the largest independent LGBTQ archive in the world.

Tobaron has been exhibited at such venues as Palais de Tokio, Videotage Hong Kong, Kunsthalle Vienna, CEPA Buffalo, New Museum NYC, Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New Museum NYC and Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music. As a vocalist, Tobaron has sung liturgy in hospitals, at memorials and weddings; as well as performed at Kampnagel Festival of Choreography and Protest Hamburg, Kulturlabor ICI Berlin, Donau Festival, and Dixon Place NYC. Tobaron is currently developing a volume of artist interviews with international trans women artists, and more site-specific endurance performances for a cappella transsexual voice. In addition, Tobaron is a Research Collaborator of the Canadian Consortium for Performance and Politics in the Americas. Tobaron has taught live art, collaboration and vocal techniques at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, School of the Art Institute Chicago and at the Hollins MFA Dance Program, and has lectured at Parsons, SOAS University of London, Concordia University, OCADU, SMFA Boston, UC Irvine, Goldsmiths and others.

Tobaron is a grateful recipient of grants from Franklin Furnace for Performance Art; Canada, Ontario and Toronto Arts Councils; andOntario Ministry of Education and Training Technology Grant for Students with Disabilities.  Tobaron has been artist in residence at Atlantic Centre for the Arts, Smack Mellon, Canada Council International Artist Residency at La Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, Marble House Vermont, and Toronto People with AIDS Foundation.  Tobaron was Van Leir Fellow at Harvestworks NYC,  artist fellow at Kulturlabor ICI Berlin, Fellow at the Akademie der Künst der Welt/Köln (2014 – 15). In 2010 Tobaron was honoured with the first ever Audience Award of the Jewish Museum of New York for the 8-hour endurance performance Opshernish.

Tobaron’s writing and photography have been published internationally, including in Carte Blanche (Magenta, 2006), Post Porn Politics (bbooks, 2010), Fast Feminism (Autonomedia, 2010), Trans Bodies Trans Selves (Oxford University Press, 2014) and featured in such publications as Missy, C Magazine, Fuse, Canadian Dimension, Canadian Theatre Review, Lillith, Women & Performance, GLQ, TSQ, and LTTR.

CV available on request

Syllabi available on request:

TRANS – theory into practice
Voice Discovery and Production
Performance + Photography studio / seminar:
Queer Theory – key concepts into practice
MFA dance, workshop in collaborative practices

selected publications (click to download)

  • “Separation and Longing: Meet Tobaron Waxman”.  Saunders, Maryanne. Image Journal. June, 2019.
  • “Artifacts: Levush Project”. Transgender Studies Quarterly (TSQ) 6:3. Special Edition: Trans*/Religion. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza and Max Strassfeld, eds. Duke University Press, 2019.
  • “Gender Diasporist” in Entangled Memories: Remembering the Holocaust in a Global Age. Marius Henderson, Julia Lange, eds. Universitätsverlag Winter, Germany, 2017
  • “Voice, Performance and Border Crossings: Interview with Tobaron Waxman”. Johnson, Dominic. Transgender Studies Quarterly (TSQ) 1:4. Duke University Press, 2014.

Artist Statement

I am a curator and visual artist who sings. I compose performances for 
photograph, video and site specific installation, and I am a trained 
vocalist in Jewish liturgical music. Since 2000 my artistic projects 
have used my hair, body and voice – and the symbolic connotations they 
inspire – as key creative and conceptual tools. My practice includes 
elements of Diaspora, Jewish and transgender experience by 
incorporating text, vocals, and philosophy, as well as contemporary 
politics and desire. Much of my work interrogates how citizenship 
makes moral and ethical claims upon our bodies. My live art practice 
explores concepts of language, gender, nation and embodiment, 
contextualizing physical experiences of time as systems of 
inscription. My strategies have included: performance, photography, 
video, voice, sound, tissue engineering, internet, biofeedback 
processing, and choreography. My work considers flesh as a material 
with mutable meanings, beyond the apparent limitations of body, 
gender, and fixed notions of “home.”

Artist project statements (click to download)
still life (israel eats itself) (2008)
still life (israel eats itself) booklet (2008)
block of ice (2005 – 2007)
lechem oni / prusa (2006)
mechitza (2006)
livush (2006)
tradewinds motel (2006)
techiat ha metim (2006)
severin series (2002)
how long has it been (2001)
True Spirit (2001)
self portrait as pshat (2000)
self portrait #1: Reverence (2000)
artist statement (2000)
declaración del artista (2000)espanol