The Mediterranean Biennale


The 3rd Mediterranean Biennale in Sakhnin Valley

29.6.17 — 28.2.18

Out of Place exhibition is dedicated to identity, place, time, and individuality issues in an era of global culture while critically addressing the topics of place and local identity in view of the changes occurring today.

Out of Place aims to establish a dialogue between people and create a place where everyone can have their say in a discussion; where there are no winners or losers.

The exhibition reminds us that we are not independent of the manner in which the present refugee crisis is developing: we are part of the crisis but we are also part of its possible solution. Out of Place can be the exhibition that highlights disillusionment and hopelessness, or on the contrary, one that opens up possibilities of acting against current incitement by means of solidarity, common ideals, and a sense of community.




Hamra Abbas

Adel Abdessemed

Rashid Al Khalifa

Lela Ahmadzai

Hazem Alzoubi

Carlos Amorales

Samar Awadieh

Mahmoud Badarny

Avital Bar-shay

Nathalie Mba Bikoro

Daniele Buetti


Abdalla Dehabra

Burak Delier

Belu-Simion Fainaru

Günther Förg

Sener Ozmen

Thomas Galler

Moshe Gershuni

Tal Granit & Sharon Maimon

Majooda Halabi

Damien Hirst

Jenny Holzer

Muhammad-Said Kallash

Lisbeth Kovacic

Jannis Kounellis

Moshe Kupferman

Sigalit Landau

Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Shahar Marcus

Nardina Mugaizel

Şerban Savu

Olivia Mihălţianu

Meinrad Schade

Angelika Sher

Sudarshan Shetty

Fiona Tan

Sérgio Téfaut

Cengiz Tekin

Isam Telhami

Lisa Trutman

Yigal Tumarkin

Micha Ullman

Samira Wahabi

Jola Wieczorek

Kai Wiedenhöfer

Tomasz Wendland

Rui Xavier


Belu-Simion Fainaru

Belu-Simion Fainaru

Artist, curator and initiator of the Mediterranean Biennale born in 1959 in Romania, Belu-Simion Fainaru lives and works in Haifa, Israel and Antwerpen, Belgium. He holds a B.A. degree in Art and Philosophy from Haifa University and an M.F.A. in Art and Design from The University of Chicago, USA. Further studies include Domus Academy, Milan, Italy and the Bruxelles Royal Academy of Art, Belgium.

Fainaru‘s works were exhibited at the 1992 Documenta in Kassel, the 1993 Venice Biennale, the Sonsbeek, Biennale in Holland and the 2006 Biennale in Havana, Cuba. Previous solo exhibitions include Israel Museum in Jerusalem, S.M.A.K. Museum in Ghent, M HKA in Antwerpen, Lehmbruck Museum in Germany and Saitama Museum in Japan. He is a guest lecturer at universities in Belgium and Japan and has been teaching in the Department of Architecture at the Wizo Academy, Haifa, Israel since 1984. In 2008 he initiated the Mediterranean Biennale and since 2010 Belu-Simion Fainaru has been the artistic director and curator of the Mediterranean Biennale of Contemporary Art, Israel.  In 2019 represented Romania at the 58th La Biennale di Venezia.

Avital Bar-Shay

Avital Bar-Shay

Artist, designer, architect and initiator of the Mediterranean Biennale was born in 1966 in Israel. She lives and works in Israel. Bar-Shay holds a B. Arch. degree and a B.A. in Fine art.

Avital exhibited in Israel and abroad, she has vast experience in public space projects and works as a cultural entrepreneur for over six years. She specializes in artistic activity in the periphery. In 2008 she initiated the Mediterranean Biennale and since 2010 Avital Bar-Shay has been the curator and the art producer of the Mediterranean Biennale of Contemporary Art, Israel.


By Car

From road 6 or Highway 2---road 70----road 805 direction Gush Segev or Sakhnin
From Aco---- road 85 from Ahiood Node ------ road 805 direction Gush Segev or Sakhnin

By Public Transportation

Egged line no 169 from Haifa
Egged line no 68 from Aco

By Train

Train to Aco --- public transportation
Israel Railway
03-6117000    or   5770 *Phone:

By Flight

Ben Gurion Airport -----train to Aco---- public transportation


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