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The 15-foot statue of Miri Regev, who stands in front of the giant mirror, was published on Thursday morning at Tel Aviv Cultural Center in front of the Habim National Theater with the inscription "In the Heart of the Nation".
– איתי בלומנטל (@ItayBlumental) 8 November 2018
The artist decided to remain anonymous, far away.
Over the past few months, Minister Regev has sparked rage in a cultural community in Israel with its so-called "Loyalty Act in Culture", which would allow it to remove or reduce state funding to cultural institutions based on a number of criteria, including ideological, with the accent on starving the "subversive" works of art.
Knesset has approved the loyalty law in the preliminary reading this week after passing through the Legislative Committee of Ministers.
When he first presented the bill, Minister Regev wrote on his Facebook page: "How can an artist break apart from reality?" Israel is a democracy with individual rights, civil rights, moral sensibility, an activist court, free media and, briefly, one of the super- This is a stand-alone art [community], whose only calf was hated by Netanyahu. "
This last line is a bit insignificant, containing an indeterminate reference to the golden statue of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was set up two years ago at Rabin Square.
The artist after the work of Netanyahu, Itai Zlayet, said that setting up a statue is just the beginning of a series of artistic actions:
"The goal is to examine the limits of freedom of expression in 2016. Israel – what happens when I display such a statue? Will it be sanctioned, like my arrest, or will it just remove it?"
They simply removed it.