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The Middle East

23.09.2010 | by Marisa Mazria Katz

This year I was asked by the editors of Art Asia Pacific to contribute to a book that will accompany an extensive art exhibit (set to travel throughout the world) from collector David Teplitzky. For the book I wrote about the term the Middle East and how it has been applied to politics, and subsequently the art world/market.

I then present the work of a group of Jewish artists living in Palestine pre-1948. They called themselves Canaanites and believed that the Middle East was a Hebrew-speaking civilization in antiquity. Canaanites saw themselves as having the power through their art and politics to revive this civilization, and create a “Hebrew” nation, which would disconnected from the Jewish past. The Canaanites wanted to embrace the Middle East’s Arab population as well.

Nimrod, shown here, went on to become the symbol of the group.

You can buy the book HERE.

A modern day version of Nimrod was made by artist Ohad Meromi, entitled ‘The Boy from South Tel Aviv’ (see below) and is hedged at the entrance to the new wing of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

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