How Beautiful is Panama! A Photographic Conversation from Burj-Al-Shamali Camp

Curated by Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh and Simon Lourié
Burj Al Shamali Camp, Tyre, Lebanon
2007/10

Studying the relationship between photography and visual memory, this is a long-term, two-part research project in Burj al Shamali, a refugee camp southeast of Sour whose residents come primarily from northern Palestine. The first part involves running a workspace where young people make, edit and discuss photography. The second part involves gathering material from family albums and commercial studios. In this case, photographs are borrowed, digitized, annotated and returned. The work of an artist concerned with the effects of her own practice, this research project has led to an exhibition that doubles as a public installation.

“How Beautiful Is Panama!” features the work of seven photographers – Ali al Ali, Ahmad al Khalil, Susan al Khatib, Mohammad Amiuny, Yasser Ibrahim, Nisreen Musherfieh and Fatmeh Soleiman – who turned the exhibition into an inventive public installation that toured two venues and five camps in Lebanon and Jordan.

This exhibition was made possible thanks to the collaboration and support of Beit Atlaf Assoumoud Centre of Burj al-Shamali, the Arab Image Foundation and the Prince Claus Fund, Beirut May 2008.

The exhibition was supported by a grant from the Documentary Photography Project of the Open Society Institute.

Distributed with the support of the OSI Documentary Distribution Grant

Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria April – September 2009 

Produced by the Arab Image Foundation with the support of Atfal Assoumoud Centre of Burj Al-Shamali and the Prince Claus Fund

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