Life in Gaza.
Captured by children living in Gaza whose photographs form part of ‘Sumud // Steadfastness’, a three-part exhibition at Filmbase, Cruved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin starting tomorrow until July 9 as part of PalFest Ireland.
William Hederman writes:
The children, aged six to 11, were given cameras and tutored by Belgian photographer Asmaa Seba in 2012/13. “Photography has always been a tool to express feelings whether anger, happiness or hopes and dreams,” says Seba. “Most of the children I worked with have lost their parents or a family member and have witnessed it, so they have trouble speaking and expressing themselves.”
1. Rami Abu Jalila: “I try to learn French, it’s a beautiful language, I love to watch the Eiffel Tower, I know about its story, I dream to visit it some day when I will grow up.”
2. Wallah Abu Musa: “I miss my parents, I go every Friday to visit their grave with my brother Mahmoud and I tell them how my week was, I even told mum about you and how you make us laugh when you try to speak Arabic, I wish they were alive so that they will meet you.”
3. Wallah Abu Musa: “I used to sleep with my mum, after she was killed, I started to sleep with Sumsum, my crazy cat.”
4. Nada Awad: “My father must travel with my uncle to Egypt because he is sick and he needs a treatment there but they always have to wait at the Rafah border because it’s often closed.”
5. Wallah Abu Musa: “I like to go to the beach with my family and play, I want to learn how to swim like a fish.”
Previously: Art For Pal’s Sake