The Mediterranean Biennale

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The Mediterranean Biennale
Art work: Crossing Borders by Belu-Simion Fainaru

April-June. The Mediterranean Biennale, an art event held in public spaces in Haifa and the Sakhnin District, serves as a model for multicultural cooperation and dialogue between diverse views and opinions of different communities and groups. 

The 2021 Biennale, titled Living Together—Crossing Borders, sought to focus on social solidarity and delve into the perception of the city as a common public space, in response to the coronavirus crisis and the shocks it brings with it, and to maintain cross-border interpersonal contacts and relationships, at a time of movement restrictions and social distancing. 

Through art, viewers were able to explore different parts of the city and had the opportunity to wander around in it, discover the urban spaces and become acquainted with the people who live in them.

The Biennale is an art event in a Mediterranean context, playing an important role in creating a new network of connections between artists from regional countries, based on cultural systems in which art can respond and act, and offers a space in which different voices of local work can be heard and seen.

This year, in light of the new peace agreements, artists from Bahrain, Iran, Russia, Afghanistan, Turkey and more, along with Israeli artists, presented at the Biennale with the aim of creating dialogue with different communities and cultural groups through art.

Among the participating artists were Hannan Abu-Hussein, Carlos Amorales, Irina Botea, Michal Chelbin, Reut Ferster, Amos Gitai, Ömer Ali Kazma, Ciprian Mureşan, Hiam Mustafa, Angelika Sher, Pavel Wolberg and Natalia Zourabova.

The Biennale was directed and curated by Avital Bar-shay and Belu-Simion Fainaru.