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Family Photo Album


Bruno Fert

Family Album is a series produced during the summer of 2015, in which Bruno Fert presents multiple faces of contemporary Palestinian society. These images differ from the clichéd photos of a violent and bloody Palestine shown in media coverage of this endless conflict. Bruno Fert combines documentary and art techniques in order to move beyond the images in which Palestine and the Palestinians have been confined. The result, a mosaic of figures, is a true family photo album of Palestinian society that goes against the stereotypical image of the Palestinian, usually depicted either as a resistance fighter or as a victim. Individual history and personal memory contribute to the collective building of unity and recognition. Injuries sustained during a demonstration, the portrait of a former prisoner taken before his seventeen years of detention, the empty chair of the incarcerated father at the dinner table, or the ruins of a destroyed house illustrate this technique.

A fictional quest begins, a quest for the reconstruction of the family photo album of The Absentees, Bruno Fert's previous work. Following up on the tale of abandoned houses and exile told in The Absentees, Bruno Fert captures the concept of presence, reinforced by the very format of photography. Through this Family Album, the faces of The Absentees are recalled from oblivion and darkness - and step out into the light. Najla Nakhlé-Cerruti


 

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Mohanad, 22, car mechanic. Al-Shuyukh

Al-Shuyukh Al-Shuyukh, Hebron, Palestinian territory, occupied - 14/07/2015

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Nisrin, 33, gynecologist and Nael, 36, dentist. Al-Shuyukh.

Al-Shuyukh Al-Shuyukh, Hebron, Palestinian territory, occupied - 17/07/2015

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Mohamed, 35, butcher. Al-Shuyukh

Al-Shuyukh Al-Shuyukh, Hebron, Palestinian territory, occupied - 18/08/2015

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Jihad, 45, Samiha, 47, and their daughter Diana, 12. Susya . The village of Susya in the south of the West Bank is threatened by demolition by the advance of Israeli colonies surrounding it.

Susya, Palestinian territory, occupied - 17/07/2015

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Attaf, 45, stonemason. Al-Shuyukh. The stone and white marble quarries are one of the main resources of the Palestinian economy.

Al-Shuyukh, Palestinian territory, occupied - 24/08/2016

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Shahed, 28, engineer. Ramallah.

Ramallah, Palestinian territory, occupied - 10/11/2015

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Yasser, 31. Photographer. Gaza.

Gaza, Palestinian territory, occupied - 10/11/2015

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Tamer, 17, college student. Ramallah.

Ramallah, Palestinian territory, occupied - 12/08/2016

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Mona, 32, manager of an off-the-peg clothing brand. Ramallah.

Ramallah, Palestinian territory, occupied - 27/06/2015

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Hadj, 65, labourer. Al-Shuyukh.

Al-Shuyukh, Palestinian territory, occupied - 20/08/2015

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Yosra 25 and her 10-month old twins, Jana et Joud. Jalazone camp.

Jalazone, Palestinian territory, occupied - 29/07/2016

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Ahmad, 22, office worker and his mother Hayat, 52. Al-Am'ari refugee camp. Ahmad lost his sight after a gunshot wound during an anti-war demonstration in Gaza in December 2008.

Al-Am'ari, Palestinian territory, occupied - 20/08/2015

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Tahini, 5, pupil. The bedouin village of Rashayda. The conflict has created, as well as international borders, numerous walls and enclosures in the West Bank which prevent the bedouins from living a nomadic existence.

Rashayda, Palestinian territory, occupied - 29/07/2016

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Ali Jiddah, 65, poses with a portrait of himself taken before his spell in prison. Ali is an ex-FPLP fighter and spent 17 years in prison for having taken part in a terrorist attack in the 1960s.

Jerusalem, Palestinian territory, occupied - 20/08/2015

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Ahmed, 18 and his 3 brothers: Mahmoud, 17, Mohamed, 20 and Hamza, 23, labourers. Al-Shuyukh.

Al-Shuyukh, Palestinian territory, occupied - 29/07/2016

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Hani, 15,pupil and beekeeper. Susya. The village of Susya in the south of the West Bank is threatened by demolition by the advance of Israeli colonies surrounding it.

Susya, Palestinian territory, occupied - 17/07/2015

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Nour, 12, shepherd. Obeydiyya.

Obeydiyya, Palestinian territory, occupied - 20/08/2015

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Rima, 37. Housewife. Jerusalem.

Jerusalem, Palestinian territory, occupied - 00/00/0000

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Mohamed, 16. Fisherman. Gaza. Fishermen in Gaza are forced to stay within 6 miles of the coast by the Israeli army.

Jerusalem, Palestinian territory, occupied - 20/08/2015

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Sawsan, 28 and her children, Suhad, 15 and Samir 2 months old pose on what remains of their house that was destroyed by the Israeli army. Anata.

Anata, Palestinian territory, occupied - 24/08/2015

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Isra, 24 and her children, Sulaf, 4 and Mohamed, 3. Their father, Abed Shafi, was arrested by the Israeli army. He has been in administrative detention for 2 months and will be for an indeterminate period of time.

Ramallah, Palestinian territory, occupied - 24/07/2015

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Ali, 40, hairdresser and Samer, 8, pupil. Jalazone camp.

Jalazone, Palestinian territory, occupied - 20/08/2015

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Sabreen, 19, student and her mother, Mariam. Gaza.

Gaza, Palestinian territory, occupied - 18/11/2015

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Ali 4, Mohamed 3, Tahany 5 and Alaan 2. The bedouin village of Rashayda.

Rashayda, Palestinian territory, occupied - 20/08/2015

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Nouvel Observateur

Paris, Palestinian territory, occupied - 10/02/2016

 

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Nouvel Observateur

Paris, Palestinian territory, occupied - 10/02/2016

 

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Nouvel Observateur

Paris, Palestinian territory, occupied - 10/02/2016



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