Jovial bodybuilders, sun-kissed surfers, free-running teenagers can this really be Palestine? Tanya Habjouqa explains her astonishingly fresh take on occupied life
Palestinians were baffled when Tanya Habjouqa first explained her photographic project to them. They felt a political obligation to talk about their suffering, she says. They were startled when I asked about pleasure. They would slowly ask, Pleasure? We dont usually discuss pleasure. While my pictures may seem light and easy, I had to foster their trust to convince them I was not working to show that things were actually hunky-dory under occupation.
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