Tanya Habjouqa at Impact Doc
The Un/Holy Land
Since 2013 - ongoing
The Un/Holy Land creates a new space to re-engage myth around rigid boundaries ascribed to faith, secularity, religion, and politics. The Un/Holy Land explores the overlaps of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, secular and religious, sacred and profane, politics and religion. We will challenge how international players on religion manifest themselves here politically and touristically; and we will be asking if the supposed relationships between secularism and humanism, religiosity and intolerance are really as clear-cut as they appear. The Un/Holy Land is an interactive documentary that takes viewers on a deep and multi-layered dive into the sacred and profane landscapes of Israel-Palestine. The web-doc is a multi-sensory digital platform that re-engages myth and dogma as it moves the viewer through the rigid and contested boundaries customarily drawn around faith, secularity, religion, and politics. On show are five photographs of this series on 60 x 40 cm formats.
The end product will be a geotagged storytelling website, offering people a multitude of ways to learn and unlearn the lay of the Un/Holy Land, to engage and challenge viewers in a playful new way.
2009 - 2013
Occupied Pleasures presents a nuanced, multi-dimensional portrayal of humanity’s ability to find pleasure in the face of trying circumstances in the Occupied West Bank, Jerusalem, and Gaza. Occupied Pleasures straddles passive and active meanings: to be occupied under Israel, and to occupy oneself, joyfully and defiantly, in pastime and simple pleasures. More than four million Palestinians live in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, where the political situation regularly intrudes upon the most mundane of moments. Movement is circumscribed and threat of violence often hangs overhead. This creates the strongest of desires for the smallest of pleasures and a sharp sense of humour about the absurdities that a 51-year occupation has produced. This photograph of a family in Gaza City enjoying a picnic on the beach, of the series Occupied Pleasures, also forms the head image for the 48 Stories project.