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Art exhibit takes behind scenes look at Israeli sex trade
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Jerusalem Post - Jerusalem
Author: Halkin, Talya
Date: Sep 8, 2005
Start Page: 04
Section: News
Abstract (Document Summary)

The distressed expression on the face of an anonymous woman peering out from behind a barred window in a Tel Aviv building triggered curator Revital Ben-Asher Peretz to launch her own private investigation behind the scenes of the Israeli sex trade.

Shortly after, Ben-Asher Peretz began weaving her way through the backstreets of Tel Aviv's old central bus station, documenting the lives of the foreign women smuggled into Israel to work as prostitutes. She subsequently began teaching art in a Tel Aviv shelter for such women, and decided to curate an exhibition on the subject.

One of the women participating in "High Heels in the Sand" is Ira, a 24-year-old native of Moldova. Her sculpture, which she called "Self-Portrait," depicts a large feathered bird cast on the ground with its feet thrown up into the air, fluttering helplessly to defend itself. Ira has received a visa to stay in Israel until the exhibition comes down in October, when she too will be forced to leave the country.

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