Roundabout|The Middle East
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, too.
Nimrod, shown here, went on to become the symbol of the group.