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Opinion | Free art? Depends on which side | Israel today

2022-01-18T20:19:17.893Z

The world of culture knows how to pick out its struggles when the question is what is the "right" art: harming an accepted oriental music artist, harming a "our" painter - less



Imagine for a second you were transposed into the karmic driven world of Earl Riv. Artists, or criticism in left-wing newspapers, so why is Omar Adam's song canceling a performance or submission from the broadcast corporation's playlist, and the world of culture silent?

The truth is that the storm of the song "Kakdila" by Omar Adam does not justify another column of opinion.

Everything has been said, and the work itself is even very mediocre, in my opinion, too much to attribute in-depth writing to it.

But this week we learned that in art there may be no such thing as no such thing, but there is such a thing as "the art of hypocrisy."

This time it is a hypocrisy of powerful forces in the art and culture world regarding the question of which protest campaign is being raised in favor of an "own" artist versus an "less ours" or "theirs" or "lesser artist in general" artist.

Earlier this week, it was reported that the Petah Tikva municipality had decided to cancel the Independence Day show that closed in front of Omar Adam, amid a protest by residents of Russian descent in the city.

The headlines will excuse the decision on the blown-up amount of the payment for the show (NIS 300,000 for 45 minutes), but if you deduct VAT from the amount and the fact that artists of this size apply and receive the same rate on Independence Day, it is presumably stressful.

For more than a month now, the singer has been under the guise of protests and opinion polls, the song has been removed from the public broadcasting corporation's playlists - and no artists' cries have been heard. No protest. The singer and the work can only envy another work in a city not far away, Ramat Gan, which won an impressive line-up campaign, after the caption "Jerusalem of gold - Jerusalem of shit" by the painter David Rib was attached to pictures of ultra-Orthodox worshipers at the Western Wall. In this case, the mayor, Carmel Shama Hacohen, demanded that it be removed from the museum's walls and encountered a lively protest by elements in the world of culture, threats and shouts. "Ramat Gan will not subsidize a museum so that its children will be exposed to the language of sewers," said Shama HaCohen, responding to the artist and his associates' response: "Shama HaCohen is another link in a chain of politicians trying to censor art."

Because in the end everything is political: the world of culture knows how to choose its struggles when the question is what is the "right" art: harming the ultra-Orthodox is art, harming the community of the USSR is not; harming an accepted oriental music artist, harming a "our" painter is not.

If one already compares the ways in which the two groups were presented in the pair of works - in a person's work there is no harm to the entire public, while the ultra-Orthodox in the painting are attached a particularly repulsive nickname.

The last time I checked, a song is a musical work, and such a work enters a field called "art".

In conclusion, when it comes to censorship of a singer from a particular genre, do not expect a "storm in the networks".

There will be no opening of hope here for those who believe that art should be free, kicking and provocative - unless you are on the right side of the canvas.

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Source: israelhayom

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