AR lunch hour — nida sinnokrot

02 Jonah's Whale main view Nida Sinnokrot, Jonah's Whale, hand-sliced shipping container / Israeli settler caravan / Palestinian construction site office, 2014.

artistic research lunch hour

Nida Sinnokrot – Contractors, Culture, Commons

April 10

11:30am to 12:30pm


Precarity is nothing new to Palestinians; it’s a foundational component of their modern experience. But bubble economics, consumer debt, and real estate speculation are the contemporary ingredients of that experience in the West Bank. “Contractors, Culture, Commons” presents artworks relating to the rise of neoliberal politics, terraforming, and social engineering that are sweeping the West Bank today. In search of an antidote to indebtedness, and given the fact that economic crisis has left many donor states averse to investing in cultural programs in our region, what can artists and cultural actors do to address this situation?

Nida Sinnokrot received his BA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA from Bard College. In 2001 he participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program. He is a 2002 Rockefeller Foundation Media Arts Fellow, a Fellow of Akademie Schloss Solitude (2012-15), and has received support from the Merz Akademie, the Paul Robeson Fund, Darat al Funun, and the Qattan Foundation. 

His work has been featured in exhibitions at the Sharjah Biennial (2009 and 2017), the Taipei Biennial (2016), Qalandiya International (2016), Art in the Age of Asymmetrical Warfare (2015), Tea with Nefertiti (2012/14), and Made in Palestine, which toured the US from 2003-2006. His film, Palestine Blues (2006), a feature documentary of a farmers’ struggle in a disappearing landscape, was screened in over thirty festivals worldwide and won seven awards for Best Documentary. 

A former faculty member at the Al-Quds Bard Honors College for Liberal Arts and Sciences in East Jerusalem, Nida currently teaches at the International Art Academy Palestine and is the co-founder of Sakiya – Art/Science/Agriculture, an international residency program with an emphasis on fostering and developing sustainable practices across disciplines. Nida lives and works in Jerusalem.