“The Occupation of Childhood” – Sabrine Muraker – Zeidan Talk
Date: Monday 08 August, 7.00pm – 8.15pm
Location: The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Street
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“Every year, hundreds of Palestinian children are detained by Israeli authorities. They are the only children in the world who are systematically prosecuted through military, rather than civilian, courts. The most common charge is throwing stones – for which the maximum sentence is 20 years in prison.” (Save the Children – Palestine)
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?