Palestine avant 48
Curated by Akram Zaatari and AIF
Galeries FNAC, Nantes, France
Palestine Before '48 traces the development and use of photography through the family albums of Palestinians living in Jerusalem, Nablus, Ramallah, and Jaffa before 1948. The exhibition aims to contest a general conception that Palestine was a deserted land in this period, devoid of culture and urban centers. The state of Israel was formed in 1948, in a land often portrayed as void of structured, fully-functioning societies. This myth was reinforced by the photographs taken of Palestine by 19th century European photographers - nostalgic for the as yet unindustrialized Holy Land - portraying a sparsely populated land.
Palestine Before '48 attempts to trace regional evolutions in photography and its use outside the realm of tourism and romanticized representation. This exhibition also highlights Armenian influences in initiating and developing regional photographic practices. In particular, it draws attention to the first photographic studio under the direction of Armenian Patriarch Yessai Garabedian, which paved the way for the establishment of numerous photographic studios in the region.
Photographic research: Yto Barrada, Fouad ElKoury and Akram Zaatari.
- Festival des Trois Continents, FNAC, Nantes, France, Nov 1999
- Nazar, Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groningen, Netherlands, Sep-Oct 2004
- Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center, Ramallah, Palestine Mar-Apr 2007
- Paltel Virtual Gallery, Birzeit, Palestine, 2007
- Palestinian Art Court, Ramallah, Palestine, Sep-Oct 2007
- Sultan Gallery, Kuwait, Apr-May 2008. Supported by Rana Sadik and Samer Younis
- Al Mawred Al Thaqafy, Cairo, Egypt, May 2008
- Sala de exposiciones Fundación Compostela Araguaney, Santiago, Chile, Oct-Dec 2008
- French Cultural Centers in Deir el Kamar, Saida, Tripoli, Beirut, Lebanon, November 2003