"> Name: Israel's Ministry of Defense censors international art show

Date:  1995 - 2005

Location:  Middle East and Caucasus


MediumMixed Media

Artist: Various Israeli artists

Confronting Bodies: The Israeli Ministry of Defense

Date of Action: December 2003

Specific Location: Jerusalem, Israel

Description of Artwork: Artwork that might "damage the spirit of the site."

Description of Incident: This year's international biennial of contemporary art will be held in Jerusalem's, Museum of Underground Prisoners, which is owned by the Israeli Ministry of Defense. All participating artists were forced to sign a contract giving the Ministry of Defense the right to "request from the artist to make changes in his/her work," to prevent any work that may "damage the spirit of the event."

Results of Incident: Most of the artists voluntarily signed the agreement. An independent activist organization, The Cultural Front, has placed the clause on their web-page.

Source: www.artfocus.co.il

Submitted By: NCAC

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