Umm el-Fahem Art Gallery

by Danielle Gorodenzik | 21.03.18

Daniel Tchetchik, Swan, 2017

Just one hour outside of Tel Aviv lies the treasure, Umm el-Fahem Art Gallery. You wouldn’t guess that the three-story contemporary art gallery with cityscape views was born out of the harsh complex reality of poverty, unemployment and identity crisis. Since its founding in 1996 by locals, the gallery has been a staple in the city’s culture exhibiting contemporary Arab and Palestinian art. Regularly showing Israeli and International artists, Umm el-Fahem Art Gallery is geographically on the seam and a crossroad for multicultural dialogue.

Photo by Danielle Gorodenzik

Known for their hospitality, the nonprofit organization is a social hub and meeting point for the Wadi Ara region and brings crowds for temporary exhibitions, symposiums, and workshops. The top floor of the gallery is devoted to the El Sabar Ceramic Workshop where unemployed women learn to create ceramic art with the incentive of empowerment in their craft.


Jannat Amara in her solo exhibition Interior, Photo by Yigal Pardo

Micha Ullman, CUP, 2014, Photo by Yigal Pardo

Originally starting with one hundred square meters and now with a vision to expand as Umm el-Fahem Contemporary Art Museum, the path initiated by the gallery’s director Said Abu Shakra looks promising.

Currently on view are three solo exhibitions: Avner Katz Down the Valley of Shadow, Daniel Tchetchik Black Dust, and Amira Ziyan Crystal Palace.

Umm el-Fahem Art Gallery, Haifa Street, Umm el-Fahem.


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