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Laura El-Tantawy

Laura El-Tantawy (United Kingdom) visited farmers in the Palestinian territories for BredaPhoto. To them, working the land is also a political activity. I’ll die for you is an ongoing project about the intimate relationship between farmers and their land. The source of her inspiration is her Egyptian grandfather, a farmer who worked himself to death on his land.

I’ll die for you

Laura El-Tantawy (United Kingdom, 1980) shows the intimate and reciprocal relationship between farmers and their land. But, this bond is threatened by economic growth, political struggle and technological progress.

I’ll die for you is an ongoing project. For BredaPhoto, and with the help of Magnum Foundation, El-Tantawy visited farmers in the Palestinian territories. To them, working the land is also a political activity, an affirmation of their identity. The once fertile land has become part of an ongoing struggle between Israel and Palestine. ‘The fate of man and land is bound as one — when one withers, so does the other,’ writes El-Tantawy.

The source of her inspiration is her Egyptian grandfather, a farmer who worked himself to death on his land. I’ll die for you is an ode to this lonely and excruciating way of life. El-Tantawy was born in Lancashire, but grew up in Egypt, Saudi-Arabia and the United States. Living between East and West, and the social and economic issues pertaining to her background, are recurring themes in her work.