Tanya Habjouqa's "Occupied Pleasures": Keeping Our Humanity

January 30, 2015 8:03 AM

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I first discovered photographer Tanya Habjouqa in Florence, where her photo exhibit was showcased during the Middle East Now Film Festival. There I was, in my birth city, being absorbed and entranced by photographs of Palestinian women practicing yoga, men pumping iron, girls posing on the beach and feeling every inch of the dream that is Palestine, and the displacement that can be life there. The emotions, the joys, the disappointments, the expectations and the realities, peeking out from Habjouqa's beautiful images were all too much and I soon found myself in tears, in the midst of a festive cocktail party and the brisk afternoon Florentine spring air.

Ever since that day, I have not been able to go two days without thinking of Habjouqa's work, seeing her images or hearing her name. Granted she's that hot, probably one of the hottest, most sought after photo journalist living in the Region, and yet, what she does is so unconventional, so beautiful...

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