Tanya Habjouqa links social documentary, collaborative portraiture and participant observation in her artistic practice. Her principal interests include gender, representations of otherness, dispossession and human rights, with a particular concern for ever-shifting socio-political dynamics in the Middle East. Habjouqa is a founding member of Rawiya, the first all-female photography collective from the Middle East. Her first monograph, Occupied Pleasures was published by FotoEvidence in 2015 and was heralded by TIME magazine and the Smithsonian as one of the best photo books of that year.
- Women of Gaza
- Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots
- Birds Unaccustomed to Gravity
- Occupied Pleasures
- I exist - European Stories of Islamaphobia
- Afro Palestinians, Work in Progress
Tanya Habjouqa is an award-winning photographer, journalist and educator. Her practice links social documentary, collaborative portraiture and participant observation. Her principal interests include gender, representations of otherness, dispossession and human rights, with a particular concern for ever-shifting sociopolitical dynamics in the Middle East.
Trained in journalism and anthropology with an MA in Global Media and emphasis on Middle East Politics from University of London SOAS, Habjouqa produces in-depth narratives that offer nuanced alternatives to mainstream media depictions of her subjects. Her work often reflects a desire to trace common humanity.
Based in East Jerusalem, Habjouqa is half-Texan, half-Jordanian, with Circassian ancestry, possessing a diverse background rich in narrative, folklore, black humor, and hospitality.
Habjouqa’s project Occupied Pleasures received support from the Magnum Foundation and achieved a World Press Photo award in 2014. Culminating in a book by FotoEvidence, it was heralded by TIME magazine and the Smithsonian as one of the best photo books of 2015.
Habjouqa’s work has been exhibited worldwide and is in the collections of MFA Boston, Institut du Monde Arab, and the Carnegie Museum of Art. She is a founding member of Rawiya, the first all-female photography collective from the Middle East.
She is a mentor on the ground breaking educational initiative Arab Documentary Photography Program, organised by Magnum Foundation, Prince Claus Foundation, and AFAC. Tanya Habjouqa is also a member of NOOR Image Agency.
We Are All Children of Nine Months, Breda Photo Festival, NL
A Sacred Space Oddity, Gulf Photo Plus, Dubai, UAE
“Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots” – Coalmine Fotogalerie, Winterthur, CH
Here and Elsewhere, Tomorrow There Will be Apricots, New Museum, New York, NY, USA
Occupied Pleasures , East Wing, Dubai, UAE
Occupied Pleasures, Tampere Art Museum – Backlight Festival, Tampere, Finland
Occupied Pleasures, Aria Art Gallery, Florence, IT
Newsroom, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas, USA
How Green Was My Valley, Whitebox Art Center, New York, NY,USA
Arab Contemporary, Architecture, Culture & Identity, Lousiana Museum of Modern Art Denmark
GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)
FUTURE TENSE, Format Photography Festival, Derby UK
Negative Women, Houston Museum of African American Culture, Houston Texas, USA
Middle Eastern Galleries Now, East Wing on Artsy (On Line Exhibition)
In Transit, with Gohar Dashti (IR), George Awde (US/LB), Daniel Castro Garcia (UK), & Stefanie Zofia Schulz (DE)
Stadtgalerie Saarbrucken, Germany – Running until January 2021
The Premiere exhibition of “A Sacred Space Oddity”, Breda Photo Festival, NL
National Geographic Feature: A look inside a Ramadan dampened by coronavirus in the Palestinian Territories, West Bank.
I Exist: European Stories of Islamophobia, Melkweg Expo, Amsterdam NL
In Transit, with Gohar Dashti (IR), George Awde (US/LB), Daniel Castro Garcia (UK), & Stefanie Zofia Schulz (DE), Crawford Art Gallery, Cork ,Ireland
“Contemporary Muslim Fashion”, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, NY
Contemporary Muslim Fashion, Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, DE (opening April 4, 2019)
In Transit, with Gohar Dashti (IR), George Awde (US/LB), Daniel Castro Garcia (UK), & Stefanie Zofia Schulz (DE) San Diego State University, San Diego California, US (April 2019)
In Transit, with Gohar Dashti (IR), George Awde (US/LB), Daniel Castro Garcia (UK), & Stefanie Zofia Schulz (DE)SF Camerawork, San Francisco California, US (January – March 2019)
Contemporary Muslim Fashions Thede Young Museum San Francisco California US
Rearranging Boundaries, Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Australia
Noor by Noor – group exhibition, f3 Freiraum fur photografie, Berlin, Germany
“NOOR by NOOR” l’Atelier Néerlandais, Amsterdam, NL
“Can You Imagine?”, Fotofestiwal, Fundacja Edukacji Wizualnej, Lodz PL
Unseen Amsterdam, presented by Ilex Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
“We Do Not Choose Our Dictators”, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Tbilisi Photo Festival 2016 – Noor Women Night Projection, Tbilisi, Georgia.
Where Are We Now, Paris Photo, East Wing Gallery, Paris, France
In Between / In Transit , Galleri Image, Aarhus Denmark
If I Leave, Where Will I Go?, East Wing Gallery, Dubai
IX Biennal de Fotografia Xavier Miserachs, Palafrugell, PT
Première Biennale Des Photographes Du Monde Arabe Contemporain, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, FR (2015 – 2016)
Realism in Rawiya / Photographic Stories from the Middle East, Impressions Gallery, UK
She Who Tells A Story, Cantor Arts Centre, Stanford CA, USA
Shared Reality, Tampere Art Museum, Tampere FI
Holding Cohesion, Backlight Photography Festival, Tampere, FI
NEWSROOM, Houston Center for Photography, Houston TX, USA
How Green Was My Valley, White Box Gallery, New York NY, USA
Biennale des Images du Monde, “Photoquai,” Paris, France
She Who Tells a Story, Malmo Art Museum, Malmo, Sweden
She Who Tells a Story, Boston Museum of Fine Art, Boston,Massachusetts, USA (2013 – 2014)
Sacred Paths, Modem Museum Hungary, Budapest, Hungary
Rawiya / She Who Tells a Story, Bildmuseet Museum, Umeå, Sweden
Realism in Rawiya, Nottingham Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK
I exist (in some way), Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, UK
Deserts, Seas, & Journeys, William Campell Contemporary Art, Fort Worth, Texas, USA
She Who Tells a Story, Ernest G. Welch Gallery, GSU, Atlanta, USA
Women on the Verge, Empty Quarter Gallery, Dubai, UAE
The Other Resurrection, Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait City, Kuwait
Rawiya, Mark Hachem Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
Menasart Fair, Empty Quarter Gallery, Dubai, Beirut, Lebanon
Moving Walls, Open Society Institute (OSI), Amman, Jordan