Times Of Israel: Protest Art or Propaganda?

October, 2015 – Times of Israel Blog I spoke with Craig Dershowitz, executive director of Artists4Israel, an artist rights and advocacy group that supports Israel and artistic freedom with a specific focus on contemporary, urban, and disruptive art, about how the recent events at Dismaland can help us understand the intersection between political and artistic expression in Western society today. Alzaqzouq’s action was clearly a protest, but since he was covering up his own art, was it also a form of artistic expression? “Artists4Israel has always resided at the intersection of art, protest, performance, and politics,” according to Dershowitz. “The … Continue reading Times Of Israel: Protest Art or Propaganda?

HADASSAH MAGAZINE: Writing on the Wall

November, 2014 –  HADASSAH MAGAZINE “Though A4I works with artists in all media, it focuses on graffiti and street artists (usually non-Jewish males ages 18 to 35) whose “contemporary, urban and disruptive” works “produce beautiful, radical and effective advocacy initiatives,” according to the A4I website. “Graffiti art is the most democratic of art forms,” explains cofounder and executive director Craig Dershowitz, 37, former creative director of BOMBIN’, a graffiti magazine. “While most media [have] rules and judgments, and artists need materials and a gallery, graffiti art needs only a marker. A spray paint can is the highest form of supplies … Continue reading HADASSAH MAGAZINE: Writing on the Wall

Times of Israel: How to Help: Suggestions for Pro-Israel Advocates

October, 2015 – Times of Israel Blog There are a few organizations, which I couldn’t fit into any of the other categories, but I believe they are fantastic avenues through which to help Israel. I recommend looking into them and consider supporting these wonderful groups. Your support, be it physical or fiscal, can make the crucial difference to bringing the voice of a new and dynamic organization to light: Artists 4 Israel – Artists 4 Israel empowers artists to express their support for both the freedom of artistic and cultural expression within Israel as well as the nation’s right to exist … Continue reading Times of Israel: How to Help: Suggestions for Pro-Israel Advocates

BDS shadowed the largest theater festival in Israel (ARTIST NEWS)

BDS shadowed the largest theater festival in Israel… but this response is great: “If these artists have an opinion on the matter, coming here provides an opportunity to share, to listen to that of others, and to get a glimpse of what’s really going on… […] I told these artists “You miss an opportunity to come to a place where there is freedom of expression, artistic freedom, and political freedom: if there is indeed a place in Israel where you can say anything, in all forms and media, it is in Acco.” READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE! Continue reading BDS shadowed the largest theater festival in Israel (ARTIST NEWS)