Artists in Brazilian exhibition protest Israeli funding

Most of the artists participating in a major Brazilian art event protested funding for the show from the Israeli government.

Sixty-one of nearly 70 artists in the 31st Sao Paulo Biennial have signed an open letter calling on the event’s board to return the funds from Israel due to its recent Gaza operation.

“At a time in which the people of Gaza return to the rubble of their homes, destroyed by the Israeli military, we do not feel it is acceptable to receive Israeli cultural sponsorship,” the letter reads.

Three Israeli artists are participating in the biennial, which led to funding from the Israeli Consulate. The logo of the Israeli Consulate in Sao Paulo is featured on the event’s publicity materials alongside other supporters, including the city of Amsterdam and the Danish Arts Foundation.

The biennial runs through Dec. 7.

Brazil recalled its ambassador from Tel Aviv in July following the start of Operation Protective Edge. — jta