by Chris Conti
Seventy-one years ago, in 1948, the Nakba – the ‘catastrophe’ – overturned life in Palestine, forcing three-quarters of Palestinians into exile, depriving them of their land, their homes, their belongings. Today, those who can bear witness to that period are becoming rare. From different social backgrounds, nineteen men and women remember the coexistence that prevailed in Palestine, the war, the exile, as well as the strength and resilience which they had to muster to adapt to new realities. Life stories expressed in the first person are accompanied by black and white portraits where each look questions the coming generations.
For every Palestinian, Jerusalem is charged with symbolic meaning, of identity and of remembrance, the more so because it has become inaccessible to most. The city is made the focus of a compilation of colour photographs presented for a contemporary look, between shadow and light.
Publication date: 28/11/2019
ONLINE VERSION: As requested by the author, a free version of the book is available online to enjoy during the COVID-19 lockdown:
English Flipbook available here.
French Flipbook available here.