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Indian artists boycott show at Tel Aviv art museum

Indian artists, invited by the curators of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art to participate in an exhibition of work from India next Spring, have signed a public statement refusing the invitation in solidarity with the Palestinian-led call for boycott, divestment and sanctions

In a statement published on the website for PACBI, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, the artists said they “refuse to legitimize the illegal racist and apartheid policies of the Israeli Government against the people of Palestine and to become a part of ‘Brand Israel.’”

The statement reads in full:

The first major show of Indian art, “Deconstructing India,” is planned for Spring 2012 in the new wing of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel.

We, the undersigned artists, who have been invited by the curators to participate in this show, have declined to exhibit our work, in solidarity with the International Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel called by Palestinian intellectuals and artists, and the India Campaign. The Boycott, inspired by the earlier successful international boycott against Apartheid South Africa, is a peaceful, non-violent Gandhian campaign, which is directed at mainstream institutions and not at individuals, to pressurize Israel to recognize the rights of the Palestine people. 

The newly built Amir Wing of the Tel Aviv Museum designed by American architect Preston Scott Cohen is planned to be a showpiece for the discredited Israeli Government to increase its status and prestige internationally at a time when the country’s image is at its lowest ebb. 

By declining to participate in this show, we refuse to legitimize the illegal racist and apartheid policies of the Israeli Government against the people of Palestine and to become a part of “Brand Israel.”

Signatures :

Nalini Malani

Anita Dube

Amar Kanwar

Sakshi Gupta

Pushpamala N

In solidarity with the Boycott:

Artists

Vivan Sundaram

Ayisha Abraham

Ram Rahman

Sharmila Samant

Sunil Gupta

Gauri Gill

Inder Salim

Vibha Galhotra

Vasudha Thozhur

Tushar Joag

Indrapramit Roy

Arunkumar HG

Shakuntala Kulkarni

Archana Hande

Monali Meher

Suresh Jayaram 

Art Scholars

Geeta Kapoor

Ashish Rajadhyaksha

Chaitanya Sambrani

Kajri Jain

Nuzhat Kazmi

R. Nandakumar

 

Comments

Finde ich GUT!

Thank you Indian artists, fantastic, the whole world must join the boycott

It takes people like you to make change in the world. We are so gratful for your support

To Indian Artists. Your action is showing that your consciences reach outside the borders of India, to a country with aparteid policies. By so doing, you deserve solidarity of right-thinking people of the world.

A protest that appeals to the conscience of your opponent is the only worthwhile protest form.