"A Sacred Space Oddity", a new transmedia project created by Jordanian-born photographer Tanya Habjouqa.
"The Sacred Space Oddity" is an elegiac meditation on the interaction of the physical and psychological space encompassed in the loaded phrase “Holy Land”. Habjouqa engages a diverse cast of characters, modulating between realist and surrealist aesthetics deployed against the backdrop of daily events in the lives of Palestinians and Israelis. She challenges the simplifying mythologies that emerge in regions of conflict; both about “the other side” and which populations tell themselves about who they are and who they seek to be. The characters featured are metaphorical co-authors; their understandings of the land embedded within the imagery in a participatory excavation of their experience and socio-political imaginaries.
The project combines still and moving image and sound, and once again the Habjouqa employs her unique narrative style to present us with a different reality from the accepted imagery we are familiar with.
Tanya was commissioned by Breda Photo Festival in the Netherlands to create this transmedia exhibition, in association with Associate Curator of Breda Photor, Mohamed Somji.
A webinar has been organised by Breda Photography Festival
on Wednesday October 7, 2020 at 4 p.m. CEST / where Tanya will be in conversation with Dr. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Professor at the Law-Institute of Criminology and the School of Social Work and Public Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, moderated by Mohamed Somji, Associate Curator of BredaPhoto.
A Sacred Space Oddity runs until 25 October, 2020
Tanya Habjouqa is represented by East Wing
and is a member of the Noor Photography Agency