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Saatchi Online Stands Behind Anti-Israel “Art”

A few days ago, I was the first to post Michal Baror’s anti-Israel photo dressed up as “art”, being displayed on Saatchi Online (thanks to a tip from Israellycool friend Ambrosine).

I hold a map of Palestine from 1947 – just before the invention of Israel – just before the Palestinian disaster. The hand is partly showing the map and partly discussed by it keeping it away from the unseen body.The map is no longer readable – folded like a dirty rag, become a leftover – a used object to be thrown away.

Since then, others like Trending Central have also posted about it.

Meanwhile, Ambrosine has received the following response from Saatchi Online:

From: Rebecca Wilson <[email protected]>
Date: 22 September 2013 19:40:05 BST
To: [email protected]
Subject: your email

Dear Ambrosine

Thank you for your email.

I am sorry that you find one of the works on Saatchi Online offensive. This work is by an artist who has recently been shortlisted for some significant prizes for her work. Her views are entirely her own and she is entitled to express them through her artworks. Artists have been making challenging work for centuries and we do not feel that we should censor this work and demand her to remove it from her portfolio.

With best wishes

Rebecca Wilson

Chief Curator, Saatchi Online

As a reminder, this is Saatchi Online’s mission statement:

Saatchi Online is a platform that allows emerging artists to showcase and sell their work and gives art lovers insider access to new talent from around the world.

Started by London’s renowned Saatchi Gallery, Saatchi Online aims to continue the gallery’s legacy of promoting new, contemporary talent and bringing great art to a wide audience.

With their dismissive email, Saatchi has indicated it see artistic merit in a photo of a map of Israel folded like a dirty rag to be thrown out, and worthy to be promoted as the work of a talented artist.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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