Wednesday, August 5, 2015

How an Arab art museum Is sparking dialogue In a small Israeli town

By Colton Valentine
ISRAEL---To some, contemporary art may seem like an afterthought to politics and economics -- Such is the case with Israel’s first Arab modern art museum, which opened last month in Sakhnin, a small, predominantly Muslim city far from the traditional art hotspots of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The Arab Museum of Contemporary Art and Heritage (AMOCAH), is the brainchild of Belu-Simion Fainaru and Avital Bar-Shay, two Israeli artists who had the idea while curating the Mediterranean Biennale. Not satisfied with the biennial model of featuring new artwork just every two years, they dreamed of a more consistent home for modern and contemporary Arab art. [link]