RGDST - Souq Stories: Reclaiming the Commons
Photography of Daily Life In Palestine's Historic Markets
Souq Stories: Reclaiming the Commons
Photographing Daily Life in Palestine’s Historic Markets
March 21 – April 7, 2022
Opening on March 21, 4:30 pm
Following the widespread uprisings and unprecedented unity sparked by the Sheikh Jarrah expulsions in East Jerusalem last spring, youth organizations across Palestine opened Souq Stories, a photographic installation in and about the historic souqs. Reclaiming the Commons is an extension of and meditation on that project, inviting us to imagine Palestine through its markets, to consider the possibilities of public space and the constitution of a body politic. In the face of ceaseless efforts to disarticulate lives spatially (in Gaza, the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the 1948 territories, and the diaspora) and generationally (those expelled in 1948 and those under occupation now), the materials presented here weave together a collective and distinctly Palestinian narrative. Photography is the medium of liberation, the souq the space in which it happens.
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Co-sponsored by the Research Group on Democracy, Space and Technology of the Yan P. Lin Centre, and the Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture.
Presented in association with the McGill Refugee Research Group and Insaniyyat.