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190, February 2014 Latest update 9 2014f August 2014, at 4.39 am
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Flocks in the hamlet of El-Fakhid, as viewed through a car window.
Mohammad Abu Aram, 11, inside the closed entrance of an ancient cave in the village of El Merkaz, which used to serve as a shop until it was closed by the Israeli army in 1999.
Ahmad Ibrahim Awad, 32, holding a newborn goat in the village of Tuba.
A TV set outside a cave in Mgraied El Abid. The villages are not connected to the electrical grid, and some of them recently gained access to renewable energy from solar panels and wind turbines provi

Interstice

Photography exhibition by Eduardo Soteras Jalil

Produced by the A.M. Qattan Foundation and supported by the Representative Office of Argentina to the State of Palestine.

“Interstice is a space between things. Inherently part of a whole, it stands as the foreign, as the estranged.

Masafer Yatta, an area with a cluster of villages located in the desert south of Hebron, is a space that resides in another space, a crevice in the whole, where paradoxically everything is overtaken by a void.

In the Whole, life is simple, it’s the life of people who live very close to earth, so close that many of them sleep in its womb in caves that they, their grandparents, and their great grandparents carved into the stone. So simple that everyone is doing the same in order to survive: raising goats and sheep and engaging in shy and scarce agriculture.

In this Void survives a Palestinian population that is unknown to most, in an area with no water, electricity, or roads, isolated from the rest by a belt of illegal Israeli settlements that make living in the place more and more difficult every day.

In the in-between, in the Interstice, the people of Masafer Yatta live, love, transform, and adapt, maintaining a lifestyle that is often not a choice but a necessity, an act of rebellion, of insistence: here, everything else is decided by others, the outsiders.”



Eduardo Soteras Jalil

Interstice is a photography exhibition that explores the multi layers of a space in its physicality and meta-physicality. Eduardo Soteras Jalil, after spending more than a year living in Khirbet at-Tuba, one of the cave villages of Masafer Yatta, retreated from the desert to reflect on what had been captured by his camera during that time. The spatial “treatment” in Interstice is intricate. Both the images and the exhibition space try to read what is political, historical, and spiritual in the desert of Masafer Yatta. How do these three intertwine to produce a particular enclave in what has been addressed as Palestinian identity? Interstice both opens and closes interpretation. It even attempts to offer reflection on passage of time. It is black and white.

The exhibition will be installed in two parts at the A. M. Qattan Foundation and the Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre in Ramallah. The opening is at the Foundation on February 19 at 6:00 p.m., and the viewing continues at the Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre.



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