A Sacred Space Oddity
The transmedia project by Jordanian-born photographer Tanya Habjouqa is about the discrepancy between our image and the reality of today’s Middle East. The image that is regularly shown in the media of the region is that of spectacular confrontations between the Israeli army and Palestinian youth. In A Space Oddity, commissioned by BredaPhoto, the photographer goes in search of a different reality: the tensions and possibilities of life during – and under – occupation. The project combines still and moving images, sound and stereographs that together make the absurdity of the landscape almost tangible.
A Sacred Space Oddity is a commission given by associate curator Mohamed Somji to Tanya Habjouqa.
Tanya Habjouqa (1975)
Living in East Jerusalem, Tanya Habjouqa mainly works on large projects that deal with gender identity and social problems in the Middle East. She bases her series on research and integrates journalistic, documentary, conceptual and scientific approaches in her productions. Habjouqa is a mentor to the ‘Arab Photography Documentary Program’ and she gives workshops to photographers worldwide. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Art in Boston and the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, among others. Habjouqa is a member of the Amsterdam-based international photo agency Noor.