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Nida Sinnokrot

Visionary Artist Confronting Conflict Traumas

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Jeannette, United States

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Why Featured?

Nida Sinnokrot is a prominent filmmaker and installation artist whose works poignantly address the Palestinian cause. His unique artistic style, which is deeply informed by his personal experiences and hybrid identity, provides sensitive and profound responses to the ongoing occupation and its effects.

Brief bio

Sinnokrot's early life in Algeria and subsequent move to the United States as a teenager profoundly impacted his worldview. He has explored these themes through his art, particularly focusing on the traumas generated by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His first film, "Palestinian Blues," has been recognized internationally for its poignant depiction of these issues.

Major Milestones


  • Early Life: Grew up in Algeria before moving to the United States as a teenager...See More

  • Education: Earned a BS in Film, Television and Radio from the University of Texas, Austin, and an MFA in Video and Cinema from Bard College, New York.

  • Whitney Museum Independent Studio Program: Participated in this prestigious program, further honing his artistic skills.

  • Palestine Blues: Directed and released this award-winning film which gained international acclaim.

  • Academic Role: Currently serves as a faculty member at MIT’s Art, Culture and Technology Program.

  • Film "Palestinian Blues": An award-winning movie addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

  • Installation Art: His installations, such as "Ka" and "West Bank Butterfly (Kite Project)," reflect his sensitive response to the occupation.

  • Horizontal Cinema Concept: Developed a unique interactive installation space that challenges traditional cinematic experiences.

  • International Exhibitions: Participated in various international exhibitions including Sharjah Biennial and Taipei Biennial.

  • Sakiya – Art | Science | Agriculture: Co-founded this international residency program and research platform in the West Bank village of Ein Qinya.

Date of Last Update: 
February 4, 2024

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