The inaugural exhibition Spring, 2012 curated by artist and Professor David Wakstein explores trends within Israeli art showcasing 21 of the country’s leading artists with Bedouin, Christian, Druze, Jewish and Muslim backgrounds. Amongst them Anisa Ashkar, Raffi Lavie, Farid Abu Shakra, Israel Prize recipient Micha Ullman and Gal Weinstein to highlight a few. The show features an array of perspectives in which similarities and differences naturally rise and set.
Spring, 2012 refers to the recent revolutions in the Middle East; the title of the exhibition suggests a spirit of fortitude and innovation as witnessed in the Arab Spring. Language serves as a major theme connecting the work - both spoken language (Arabic, English and Hebrew) - and the language of art. Drawing a critical eye to the situation in the Middle East, the exhibition explores notions of identity, human rights, tolerance, alienation, social dissonance and conflict.