The term “Iranian threat” has such a powerful effect on the Israeli psyche that it is no wonder the works exhibited in a new exhibition named "Iran" elude to a link between the Holocaust and the new Israeli paranoia.
The art show has an agenda; it is intended to generate an inciting social movement against the panic that currently grips the Israeli public and their silent consent, hysteria, and kowtowing to Israeli statesmen and officers who supposedly know best.
When the exhibition is opened, an experimental rocket Nimrod, built for the occasion by artist Guy Briller, will be launched. Briller hopes the rocket will leave the Israeli airspace before falling into the Mediterranean. Nimrod is a hero pursuing anti-Israeli figures who have, throughout history threatened to destroy the Jews: Adolf Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Yasser Arafat, Hassan Nasrallah, and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
“We needn’t look to Iran, Afghanistan, or the U.S. to find people spreading panic; they are here among us,” said curator Ari Libsker, whose works are also exhibited in the art show. Libsker built a scaled down wax statue of Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak – not exactly in the spirit of Madame Tussaud’s wax museum - titled “The World’s Most Dangerous Man.”
The artist Roee Rosen will screen his 2010 Venice Film Festival award winning movie “Tze.” The movie is about an exorcism like that portrayed in S. Ansky’s The Dybbuk but with a twist the man possessed by demons is someone akin to Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
Sigalit Landau’s piece, a computer mouse made of soap, clearly links the online panic to the Holocaust.
Shelly Federman is presenting a video piece titled “Enriched Uranium 2,” depicting new discoveries on the nature of the chemical substance, while the top right corner of the screen is ironically adorned by the Channel 2 logo. The nuclear hysteria is heightened by its most loyal accomplice, the media, which is helping spread the panic.
Ofri Ilany and Yotam Feldman are presenting a video piece in which the Israeli air force bombs the stronghold of collective Jewish heritage: the Auschwitz crematoriums. The work can be interpreted as a contemporary attempt to erase the most horrible tragedy to befall the Jewish people during the 20th century, saying the Holocaust is no longer there in the past, rather it is here, in the standoff with Iran.
“One of the themes running through the exhibition is the capitalism of destruction,” explained curator Joshua Simon. “It is boundless capitalism fantasizing about a deep and sharp bombing of Iran. The speculation asks for the utter destruction of buildings and people for the coagulation of more capital from life to the financial sector. It is called growth.”
Iran is on display until April 19 at the Spaceship Gallery, 70 Hayarkon Street, Tel Aviv. Sunday to Thursday 11 A.M. to 7 P.M. and Friday 11 A.M. to 2 P.M. The opening will take place on Saturday, March 17 at 8 P.M.