What happens when the Chicago Bean, a controversial sculpture created by a Palestinian-American artist, goes up?
On Saturday, March 19, the Israeli authorities in the occupied West Bank demolished a statue of the Palestinian-born artist, Daphne Duvivier, in a project of demolition that the Israeli government said was aimed at preventing the “imminent threat of terror.”
Duvivier was born in Montreal, Canada, in 1936 and studied at the University of Montreal.
In 1975, she was a member of the Israeli military intelligence agency Mossad, which was responsible for intelligence collection and sabotage in Israel and abroad.
She later became a member and mentor of Palestinian resistance groups.
In 1982, she began the art project, entitled “The Bean,” which depicts a statue with an open mouth.
The artist’s mother, Miri, was a renowned poet and activist in Palestine, who died in 1982.
The artist, whose work focuses on the Palestinian struggle against Israeli colonialism, has been called a “martyr” by Palestinian activists and writers.
The project, which took more than two years, featured a total of 20 individual pieces.
One of the sculptures was created in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. In 2013, a U.S. law was passed that required museums, art museums, and other cultural institutions to make public displays of Palestinian-made art, which is generally seen as an expression of resistance.
Duviviers mother, Dada Amira, is known for her poetry and work with youth, including her work “We are not slaves, we are free.”
She was also a member, mentor, and patron of the Montreal Palestinian Solidarity Association (MPSA).
The MPSA, which has an estimated 1,000 members in Israel, is responsible for a variety of projects that promote a “two-state solution” for the Palestinian people.
In addition to her mother, Duvival also worked with Palestinian activists during the 1967 war, including as a translator.
In 2011, a report released by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights noted that Duvives work “did not only contribute to the understanding of the conflict, but also to the development of a more nuanced understanding of Palestinian national struggle.”
Dubaviviers work has received praise from a variety, including the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem, which said it was “a powerful symbol for Palestinian resistance.”
Duvivist, a Palestinian artist whose works include a number of pieces from the MPSAA, said that he is deeply honored by the “respect and admiration” he has received from people who respect his work and her work, and the “honor and respect” he and his mother, both of whom are deceased, have received from the Palestinian community.
“My mother and I are both very much indebted to the Palestinian artists who have helped us through the struggle,” Duvivaier told The Jerusalem Report in a phone interview.
“I feel that this piece represents the very best of what we’ve been trying to achieve, which will hopefully be the starting point of all our future work.”
While the sculpture has been up for years, Davivier says that it was not until recently that the public realized that the artist was an artist of Palestinian descent.
“I remember when the city council in Montreal announced the project in December 2012, and I was on a school trip to visit my parents, and this is the moment where they announced that Daphni Duvivia had been killed,” Davivist said.
“The response was, ‘Oh my God, how is this happening?’
The people of Montreal and other parts of the world had never known a Palestinian person.
The moment was quite emotional, because we had never really seen anything like this before.”
Daviviest also added that it has been difficult to reconcile the work of a woman who is now an adult with the Palestinian tradition of Palestinian art.
“This is a very hard question for me to answer because I think I understand the spirit of what she is doing,” he said.
Duvenivier said that she does not plan to keep the piece up.
“It has become more and more difficult for me as I’ve grown older to reconcile what I’m doing now to what I was doing when I was a child,” she said.
“If it wasn’t for the support and support of my mother, who is dead, this would not be happening.”
Dabat, the owner of the Bean, told The Times of Israel that the project has received “huge support” from the public and that he plans to donate the sculpture to a museum.
“The art is not something that we can just give to the museum,” he told The Associated Press.
“There is an element of political and cultural responsibility that must be borne by the artist and that should be taken into account.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.