New Middle East: The Fourth Mediterranean Biennale, celebrating its tenth anniversary

Artists from the Emirates, Bahrain, Iran, Russia, Afghanistan, Turkey and more, alongside Israeli artists, “Crossing Borders” in Haifa and the Sakhnin Valley, from April 6

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The Mediterranean Biennale 2021 is an artistic event in the public spaces in the city of Haifa and in the Sakhnin Valley. This year, under the auspices of the peace agreements, artists from the Emirates, Bahrain, Iran, Russia, Afghanistan, Turkey and more will perform at the Mediterranean Biennale, alongside Israeli artists, with the aim of producing dialogue with different communities and cultural groups through art. The Biennale is an art event in a Mediterranean context, playing an important role in creating a new network of connections between artists from the countries of the region, connections based on cultural systems, where art can respond and act and offers a space where different voices of local action can be heard and shown.

Multicultural collaboration: The Mediterranean Biennale has been celebrating a decade since it was founded in 2010 as a model for multicultural collaboration and dialogue, between diverse views and opinions of different communities and groups. It offers a place to deal with relevant social issues in today’s society, and art as a mediator between cultures. This year, under the title “LIVING TOGETHER – CROSSING BORDERS”, the Mediterranean Biennale seeks to focus on social solidarity and delve into the city’s perception, as a common public space in response to the Corona crisis and the shocks it brings, and seeks to preserve cross-border contacts . An alternative stage that emphasizes local processes that are created in our area and strengthens their cultural influences, through art that appeals to the community, emerges from within the walls of the museum and is assimilated into the city. The city becomes a focal point for artistic thinking and inspiration and a laboratory for ideas and creativity.

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Travelers thanks to the art: The city serves as the Biennale as a meeting point for artists, works and audiences. Through the art, viewers will be able to explore different parts of the city and will have the opportunity to wander in it, discover the urban spaces and get to know the people who live in them. The Fourth Mediterranean Biennale asks: How can structures of social solidarity be built and preserved, given the isolation caused by the current restrictions? The Fourth Mediterranean Biennale will serve as a place that brings together people from different cultures and seeks to present art as a tool for reducing distances and expanding opportunities, allowing ideas to be exchanged and experiences shared even in times of physical distance.

Fourth Biennale: LIVING TOGETHER- CROSSING BORDERS will feature about 60 artists, more than half of whom are international artists, including artists from the Middle East, countries such as Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey, Bahrain and more, who will perform throughout the German colony in Haifa, and later in the Sakhnin Valley. In the German Colony in Haifa, works of art will be displayed in various alternative spaces, such as the WIZO Academic Center, the Colony Hotel, cafes, a hairdresser, the City Center Mall, Hookah House and the French Consulate spaces that create an urban walking route.

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Exhibition Initiative: The initiative came from the citizens, the initiators of the Biennale Blue-Simion Feinero and Avital Bar-Shai, together with the WIZO Haifa Academic Center, the owners of the cafes, hotels, the mall who organized and organized to take the initiative and create an art event as a source of sharing, experience and learning.

List of names of senior Israeli and international artists: Israel Angelica Sher, Amos Gitai, Samira Wahbi, Kerem Natur, Hayam Mustafa, Chen Shish, Shira Gepstein, Pavel Wahlberg, Patma Sheno, Pavel Wahlberg, Reut Forster, Ulla Zeitun, Orit Yishai, Ido Marcus, Michal Halbin, Anna Lukashevsky , Natalia Zerubova, Adrian Guinea, Geckelmans van Wadmeir, Ali Kazma, Erash Nasiri, Almgol Manalibia, Daniel Knorr, Nabin Eldag, Irina Bota, Hector Zmora, Ion Grigorsko, Chaprian Morrison, Manuel Says, Mario Piper, Rashtein Brickman To the shell, Yannis Conlis, CHTO DELAT.

Locations: WIZO Haifa Academic Center, City Center Mall, Aroma Cafe 8 Ben Gurion Blvd. Haifa, Colony Hotel, 28 Ben Gurion Blvd. 28 Ben Gurion Blvd. Haifa, Daniel 36 36 Ben Gurion Blvd., Kingdom Bar, 37 Ben Gurion Blvd., Strudel Restaurant Blvd. Ben Gurion 39, Haifa Tourism Association, 48 Ben Gurion Blvd., Haifa, French Consulate and French Cultural Center in Haifa 37 Hagefen St., Haifa.

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