Regev mocked in guer­rilla-art statue

Cul­ture min­is­ter thanks artist for ‘Cul­tural Loy­alty Bill’ protest fig­ure

The Jerusalem Post - - NEWS - • By CAS­SAN­DRA GOMES-HOCHBERG

A statue of Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Sport Miri Regev was put up in Tel Aviv’s Habima Square on Thurs­day morn­ing by artist Itai Zalait, show­ing the min­is­ter in a dress stand­ing in front of a mir­ror next to a sign that read “In the heart of the na­tion.”

The event ap­par­ently protested the “Cul­tural Loy­alty Bill”– ini­ti­ated by Regev – which passed a first read­ing this week in the Knes­set.

“It’s my right as an artist to free ex­pres­sion in the pub­lic square,” Zalait told Army Ra­dio. “We are not sure we’ll be able to do it in a few years.”

Regev thanked Zalait for the statue. “In the past three years I have done a great deal of plac­ing a mir­ror in front of the Is­raeli cul­tural world, re­veal­ing the ex­clu­sion of en­tire pop­u­la­tions and the pa­tron­age of those who think of them­selves as the heart of the na­tion,” Regev said. “Well, the peo­ple, in all its parts, are my mir­ror. The prin­ci­ples of cul­tural jus­tice are what is re­flected be­fore my eyes in the face of Cin­derella’s story and the leg­endary state­ment ‘Mir­ror, mir­ror on the wall, what are the ugli­est in­jus­tices of them all?’”

In a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent in Au­gust 2017, the Jerusalem Mu­nic­i­pal­ity re­moved a golden statue of Supreme Court Pres­i­dent Miriam Naor, which was placed by an un­known artist in front of the Supreme Court in Jerusalem and re­moved by po­lice.

In De­cem­ber 2016, a golden statue of Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu was placed in Rabin Square and taken down by civil­ians. The statue, which was also cre­ated by Zalait stood next to a sign that read “This is the Golden Calf, wor­ship the statue.” The mu­nic­i­pal­ity re­quested it be re­moved due to the lack of per­mis­sion over its place­ment.

(Ey­tan Halon)

A STATUE OF Cul­ture and Sport Min­is­ter Miri Regev in Habima Square in Tel Aviv yes­ter­day next to a sign that reads ‘In the heart of the na­tion.’

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