Israeli artist Itay Zliyat posted a flag about to fall in Rabin Square, to highlight the polarization of Israel. Israeli Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev criticized the work.
The Falling Flag in Rabin Square Photo Credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90
An Israeli artist posted a display Monday of an Israeli flag about to fall in front of Rabin Square. The artist, Itay Zliyat, spoke to Mako news and said this about the flag: “In this work, I am examining the polarization [in Israel]. What defines this flag is that it normally stands upright, which symbolizes that everything is working as it should. Here it’s in the middle. Part of the nation will look and say that everything is good, and part will say that we are about to collapse.”
The same artist received previous notoriety for a golden statue of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which he placed in the same location as the falling flag. The statue drew protests and was taken down shortly before city officials came to clear it.
In response to the flag, Israeli Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev said, “The flag about to fall is only for some radical people who refuse to accept the voter’s choice.” She proceeded to call the flag a “cheap and rebellious provocation from fringe left groups.”
Itay, in his interview with Mako, said: “I photograph the situation as I see it and people respond…There is nothing here that insults…We immediately shout and catalog, saying left or right—here is something that shows the whole picture and says we all live here in the same place and that place is in danger.”