The Mediterranean Biennale


The Arab Museum of Contemporary Art in Sakhnin, AMoCA, is the first museum of its kind to be established in an Arab city in Israel. AMoCA holds a collection of over 200 contemporary international works of art that combine local contemporary art and international contemporary art, showcasing artists from Arab and Mediterranean countries. The vision of AMoCA is to promote peace and dialogue by means of art activities, mutual confidence-building between neighbours and a strengthening of the values of equality and mutuality, leading towards the creation of an infrastructure for human dialogue and coexistence between communities.

The opening exhibition of AMoCA is titled HIWAR. The word “HIWAR” in Arabic has two main definitions: either to describe a calm conversation between two or more people, or (especially in a political or conflict context) to describe a process by which two or more parties engage in a conversation that is calm and free from animosity with the aim of reaching an agreement on a certain issue. These two definitions are exactly the same ones found in dictionaries to define the English word Dialogue. “HIWAR” dialogue is a process that allows people, usually in small groups, to share their perspectives and experiences with one another about difficult issues. “HIWAR”, the dialogue is not about winning an argument or coming to an agreement but about understanding and learning. Dialogue can lead to both personal and collaborative action. “HIWAR” dialogue is a spiritual, transformative journey of understanding the other.

AMoCA, the Arab Museum of Contemporary Art and Heritage, Sakhnin, is presently hosted in the Bet Netufa Association of Cities – Environmental Center. The aim of AMoCA is to enhance the dimension of mobility, to expose the works of art of the local and the world's best artists to people in various regions of Galilee and the periphery, and to stay in places that are not normally exposed to contemporary art exhibitions. AMoCA, the Arab Museum of Contemporary Art, opens its gates in Sakhnin with the aim of making contemporary art accessible to the Arab and Jewish population living in the region through the display of art in direct contact with the people and in co-operation with them, art that creates contacts in the local and international dimensions. The vision of AMoCA is to create dialogue, meeting and co-operation between Jews and Arabs by means of contemporary art in change-generating projects with the aim of creating a platform for building mutual trust and resolution of disputes in alternative ways. In a likewise outlook, initiated by the Director-General of the Association of Cities and the Sakhnin Municipality, a centre for conflict resolution and management, "Beyt al-Sulh", has been set up in the place in order to enable a dialogue and to arrive at solutions and agreements between the sides. This incorporation of AMoCA, the Arab Museum of Contemporary Art, with the Conflict Settlement Center is an expression of the desire to create a cooperative activity based on the need to accept the other while increasing awareness of alternative approaches to dialogue and agreement.


Marina Abramović, Larry Abramson, Anna Andres, Abir Athalla, Asad Azi, Mahmud Badarnah, Avital Bar-Shay, Raed Bawayah, Bejeranu Matei , Nathalie Mba Bikoro, Bashir Borlakov, Daniel Buren, Thorsten Brinkmann, Barbara Eichhorn, Mounir Fatmi Belu-Simion Fainaru, Mekhitar Garabedian, Jeanno Gaussi, Moshe Gershuni, Maïmouna Patrizia Guerresi, Rawan Ismail, Nidal Jabarin, Huda Jamal, Menashe Kadishman, Muhammad Said Kallash, Dani Karavan, Jannis Kounellis, Mehdi-Georges Lahlou, Almagul Menlibayeva, Bohtaina Abu Milhem, Ciprian Muresan, Shirin Neshat, Herman Nitsch, Zohdy Qadry, Anahita Razmi, Valentin Ruhry, Angelika Sher, Eva Shlegel, Sengiz Tekin, Jesica Vaturi, Maria Vedder, Johannes Vogl, Micha Ullman, David Wakstain, Runi Zarawi.

The Mediterranean Biennale