The line that separates between white and black interests me: it is the axis of things, where the core of movement lies. This is the twilight zone, slightly lit and slightly dark, where the darkness charges the whiteness with transparent spiritual shadows, and whiteness charges the darkness with flashes that light up the entries of blackness. Only here can I focus and fortify myself, and befriend myself. Only in this area of middle can I observe my errors.
Born in the city of Umm El Fahem (1963); studied art at Kalisher Art Academy (1984-1988); lives in Umm El Fahem and creates art in his studio in Tel Aviv. He is a multi-disciplinary artist; a lecturer at the Oranim Institute; a writer, researcher and curator.
Farid established art studies for a group of young artists, to construct an assembly line for the creation of works of embroidery and weaving inspired by local art (1995 – 2009);together with his brother, Said Abu Shakra, he founded the Art Gallery of Umm El Fahem (1996) and served as the curator of the gallery (1996-2001); he is one of the founders of the “Ibda’a” Group for Contemporary Plastic Arts in the village of Kafr Yasif (1999); he is also one of the founders of the Art Gallery in Nazareth, and is the curator and director of that gallery (2009-2015).
Farid has presented solo exhibits and has participated in group exhibitions in Israel and in the world. He has won many prizes, among them: the Young Artist Prize, from the Moshe Sharett Foundation (1986, 1988); the Artist-Teacher Award, from the Ministry of Education (1999, 2000) and the Minister of Education’s Award (2006).