Buy The Wall – Yoav Weiss
Yoav Weiss’ project comments on the so-called separation wall in Israel. In his statement on the project’s website, Weiss notes that pieces of the Berlin Wall eventually sold for good money, once the structure lost its policing function. According to Weiss the Israeli wall will surely meet a similar fate and parts of it will soon become similarly coveted souvenirs. He thus offers a special deal for early birds who already want to secure their part of the wall.
In the Israeli context, Weiss’ work is an intervention, artistically, socially and politically. Interpretations of this work are always predicated on the fact that the viewer already knows the Israeli wall and the reality it stands for. It should concern us less that individual viewers in Europe or elsewhere might miss the fact that Weiss is speaking tongue-in-cheek. More importantly, even those European viewers who understand this work as an ironic commentary will engage its references to the less familiar Israeli wall through the lens of the more familiar Berlin Wall. As careful viewers will scan his artwork with the aim of understanding the Israeli wall, its implications, and political meaning, they will inevitably do so through the prism of what they know about the Berlin Wall. Weiss’ work will to a large degree have an educational function to those unfamiliar with the history of the Israeli wall.
Yoav Weiss – Buy The Wall
Banksy In Israel
We already featured some works by Banksy here on Art Politica in Graffiti Talks Back – The Works of Banksy which is a fantastic post about Banksy’s graffiti art.
Banksy has been on holiday and he’s taken his spray can with him … to the Palestinian side of Israel’s separation wall. This is how Banksy bombed the West Bank, Enjoy!