Palestine avant 48

Curated by Akram Zaatari and AIF
Galeries FNAC, Nantes, France
1999/11/01  -  1999/11/30

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.


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