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Public Art Milk Cartons Say Bring Them Home 

Iconic Israeli Graffiti artist Dede Bandaid brought larger than life milk cartons to Art Basel

By Jewish Arts Collaborative

Published May 2, 2024


Art Basel in Miami 2023, one of the most important American art fairs, took place two months after the Oct 7 attacks in Israel. In a moment of global tension and fear, Israeli graffiti artist Dede Bandaid made a bold and clever move to advocate for the lives of the Israelis still held in captivity by Hamas.

Dede played on the old concept of photos of missing kids on milk cartons, creating ten larger-than-life milk cartons with four faces of hostages held in Gaza on each. The exhibit, named “Kidnapped From Israel: Milk Carton Project,” intentionally accosted Miami audiences and attendees of Art Miami while walking between pavilions of this iconic art fair. 

As Dede posted on Instagram, “Art Miami we’re not sure you’re ready for this kind of art but we’re here to remind all art lovers that 130 innocent civilizations from 9 month old to 80 years old, men and women are still being held by Hamas in Gaza.10 huge milk cartons are now spread around Miami and Miami beach, next to the art fairs and busy locations. We encourage you to go and take photos yourself if you’re around HELP US SPREAD THE WORD ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND LET’S PUT SOME PRESSURE!” 

Tel-Aviv-based, multidisciplinary artist Dede has long used various mediums to communicate within the public arena, using humor and wit to engage audiences. He started creating his works after finishing his military service, and continued to develop and elaborate them while completing his undergraduate studies at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. Dede is most known for his bandaid series which can be seen around the world and heavily across Tel Aviv and London. 

He’s a fascinating guy – read more in this interview with Canvas Rebel

This powerful exhibit launched at Art Basel and is now touring the U.S.


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