The Occupation of Innocence – Photography Exhibition

Tuesday 13th to Friday 16th June
10:00am - 5:00pm, free entry

Part of the Scottish tour of the work of young photographer Sabrine Mukarkar- Zeidan

Our photographic portrayals of childhood often involve notions of “sweetness” and “innocence”. But can these qualities persist in a childhood under Occupation ?

Sabrine Mukarkar- Zeidan spends her life photographing children. The families that visit her studio usually like to preserve memories of their children untainted by the daily harassments of an occupying power. In this exhibition, however, she portrays the lives of Palestinian children beyond the confines of the studio, and poses the question: can innocence survive in a country where children are systematically oppressed by a brutal occupying power?

The heartache and yearning experienced by children and parents is vividly represented in Sabrine’s work. As a mother of two, she is painfully aware of how the children of Palestine have to adapt to an almost unbearable reality. Her pictures tell vivid stories of the lives (and tragic death) of individual children and the harsh reality with which they are faced on a daily basis.

The Network of Photographers for Palestine is proud to sponsor this outstanding young photographer on a tour of Scotland from 9th-22nd June this year. Prior to this her work has been displayed in the the Scottish Parliament as part of its solemn commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Nakba.

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