The other face of Jerusalem by Fadwa Rouhana

Look at these pictures. What do you see? A crowded street full of people, walking, standing, sitting on the side. Men, women, children in old typical Middle East clothes. Maybe the past. What do you NOT see? Smile, Joy, and Happiness. 

However, if one looks at those photos, every human being in them may look very “normal”, photographic wise. But for Fadwa Rouhana, the whole series represents her own testimony for the way the people of East Jerusalem, where those photos were taken, are looking at their reality, at their own city, their own homeland, their own landscape constantly being changed, deformed and slipped away by the occupation. And they realize how their whole being, their whole existence is invaded, shattered, broken and transformed.


And now, through Fadwa’s lens, we can see the true broken face of the place.

„For me the whole series represent my own testimony for the way the people of East Jerusalem, where those photos were taken, are looking at their reality, at their own city, their own homeland, their own landscape constantly being changed, deformed and slipped away by the occupation, and how their whole being, their whole existence is invaded, shattered, broken and transformed.“

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