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"Stolen Arab Art" is the debut show of a gallery that opened in Tel Aviv a few days ago.The show comprises works by Arab artists and, as the gallery gleefully trumpets, none of them gave consent for their work to be shown in the settler-colonial state.Given the gallery's location, it's difficult for a paper in this country to confirm what works by which artists have been pilfered.Sfeir-Semler Gallery, which represents three of the artists whose work has been appropriated, has confirmed that at least two of them are Lebanese – Walid Raad and Akram Zaatari. Andree Sfeir-Semler, who represents Shawky, Zaatari and Raad, spoke to the paper from her Hamburg gallery.She said she resented giving the Israeli gallery the publicity this show was obviously meant to provoke and was at a loss as to what to do about it. While Shawky asked her to sue the gallery, she was hesitant to do so because of jurisdiction matters."Stolen Arab Art" isn't the first instance of an Israeli art platform showing the work of Arab artists without permission.
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