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Yael Bartana

State of Metaphor

By Marisa Mazria-Katz

Creating haunting allegories of Israel’s social and military rituals, a video artist examines her country’s history and considers the possibility of a Jewish renaissance in Europe.

Yael Bartana at Union Square, New York, 2009. Photo by Peter Hoang for ArtAsiaPacific.
Until late June, Yael Bartana’s website was emblazoned with just one word: “ENOUGH!” Clicking on this exclamation took you to a site—headed by a blue Star of David—which claims to be “Fighting for Israel’s Democracy.” Directly below the star is a photograph of several brawny men
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