The Khalifa family from the Occupied West Bank village of Walaja nervously awaits demolition orders from the Israeli government. The extended family of 17 have the original land deed and their great grandparents are buried just outside. One of the children reaches for a "Sistine Chapel" light fixture designed by her father of clouds and blue sky. 


The Un/Holy Land is an interactive documentary, taking viewers on a deep and multi-layered dive into the sacred and profane landscapes of Israel-Palestine. Our web-doc is a multi-sensory digital platform that re-engages myth and dogma, moving the viewer through rigid and contested boundaries customarily drawn around faith, secularity, religion, and politics.  We engage and challenge viewers in playful new way, giving them a uniquely complex and dynamic path for learning and unlearning the lay of the Un/Holy Land.

Tanya Habjouqa at Impact Doc!

Tanya Habjouqa at Impact Doc

 

Tanya Habjouqa

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.




Tanya Habjouqa

Occupied Pleasures


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.