Inhabitants of the Secret Annexe

And here’s where your mother sleeps
And here is the room where your brothers were born
Indentions in the sheets
Where their bodies once moved but don’t move anymore
And it’s so sad to see the world agree
That they’d rather see their faces fill with flies
All when I’d want to keep white roses in their eyes


Brooke Loober, Anne Frank, Gaza, Neutral Milk Hotel

Ifound these pictures on Brooke Lober’s blog. Lober is a jewish feminist and Israel critic. You can read more about her at her about page at The University of Arizona (see quote below). Her blog is full of paintings, picures and interesting things about not only Israel and Palestine, but all kind of important and interesting things like music, feminism and art.

Anne Frank, Save Gaza, by Leba. And AF Neutral Milk lyrics street art, artist unknown.

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From her about page at The University of Arizona: «Brooke Lober is a PhD candidate, currently writing a critical history of social movements that addresses some of today’s urgent political struggles by focusing on the “question of Palestine” taken up by a set of interlinked but sometimes opposed historical feminist groups. Through close analysis of feminist practices and ethical frameworks for political engagement expressed in social movement arts and cultural production, this dissertation unearths and reconsiders debates about Zionism and Israeli state practice that took place in the overlapping spaces of the Palestine solidarity movement, anti-imperialist feminist formations, and the U.S. Jewish feminist movement of the late 20th century. A longtime participant in creative subcultures and left social movements, Brooke is engaged in community organizing and education projects, teaches classes in feminist studies, and works as an editorial assistant at Feminist Formations journal.»

Bob Dylan-Bobby Fischer-Tobey Maguire-Collage

Dylan’s performance of «With God on Our Side» on the album Bob Dylan Unplugged, released in 1995, significantly omits verses about the Germans and the Holocaust, and the Russians and the Cold War, for unspecified reasons.

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There is a double portrait

There is a double portrait made by Yael Bartana of Polish left-wing publicist Slawomir Sierakowski, speaking. The subtitles in the image reveal he is speaking the words ‘Jews’ and ‘Return’.

Jews return!

This work corresponds to Bartana’s video work Mary Koszmary (2007).

What this depicts is a texture of connotations; holocaust, zionism, the modern state of Israel, the Warsaw ghetto, Palestine, annexation of land etc etc. I saw the pictures and thought of right wing extremism, I’m not sure why. That’s what my horizons and prejudices (in Gadamers sense) gave me. After diving more into it I understand the complicity of this artwork and the purpose of the artist to provoke confused reactions. Take a look at these Youtube comments to the clip I just shared:

“Mary Koszmary addresses contemporary anti-Semitism and xenophobia in Poland, Yes.Because otherwise Sierakowski,a left-extremist bigot who uses the specter of alleged antisemitism in Poland to fight against f.e conservatives, while at the time he is a pro-palestine/hamas supporter, would be,as a sociologist, out of work.pathetic. if Jews from Israel would like to come back,do so, we have plenty of room in Poland and less anti-sem. than f.e in Germany,France,GB- Welcome!”

” “This is a universal presentation of the impossibility of living together” – as Yael Bartana says in her video description. Her discourse is clearly made to serve her point: subversive, instigating, opening old wounds under the pretext of wanting to heal them. But she is a young artist… and she can do it … and this kind of “social / media experiments” are very promoted (read: financed ) nowadays. Sad.”