Alice in the Holy Land

Similar to Australian cities, each Israeli city seems to offer something entirely different from the other. Tel Aviv seems to be the counterpart to Melbourne, not least for being noted as one of the world’s most renowned street art centres, with various forms of art being displayed proudly on its streets, especially in areas such as Florentine (even sounds like Fitzroy, no?). One particular piece that has been reproduced three times, is “Not Quite Alice In Wonderland”.

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The Original Alice – artists: Nitzan Mintz & Signor Gi, 2012, old Florentine, Tel Aviv (had to be taken down since it was private property)
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The 2nd Alice – artists: Nitzan Mintz, Signor Gi & Gilly Faction (contributed 3D details), in April 2013, on an abandoned house

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The 3rd & current Alice – original artists, Nov 2013, Shlush Alley Neve Tzedek
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Translated version of the piece

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The poet behind these verses, Nitzan Mintz, is one of the most prominent artists on the circuit and is unique for her street poetry that highlights social and political issues. She has been recognised as one of the few women who have been able to create a mark in this field, and for using recycled material in her art.

 

1962868_1414447305474802_1835864689_nSignor Gi’s art also questions identity, and criticises existing concepts in society. In this 
particular piece, it seems to questionthe objectification of women that is rife in society and the trope of the headless woman that appears so often in mainstream media.

These themes fall in line with Millner’s understanding of street art as a cultural representation of the society, which is often expressed as a sign of resistance. This is also a great representation of how Israel is about more than its well-known political and territorial issues. Although a lot of street art addresses these political issues, the social issues that exist within the community are equally important and not that different from the issues faced globally.

This unique use of language in street art makes it especially relevant for this blog. The subject matter, along with Tel Aviv’s popularity as a street art hub, makes it a unique and essential tourist stop.

Here are some of the street art tours offered:

http://www.touristisrael.com/tel-aviv-street-art/8377/

http://www.hasayeret.co.il/#!en-tours/cihc

grafitiyul.co.il/flv_portfolio/florentine-street-art-tour/?lang=en

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