An artist’s collage juxtaposes the real-life conditions Palestinian workers face in the occupied West Bank with Scarlett Johansson’s role as SodaStream spokesmodel. (Courtesy Electronic Intifada)
Outside the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan, activists demonstrate against U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his peace proposal, Jan. 29, 2014. (Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Images)
A Jewish settler (unseen at left) places the Israeli flag on a road sign as Israeli troops encircle Palestinian villagers protesting the army’s cutting branches off olive trees on a road leading to the illegal Jewish settlement of Tekoa, south of Bethlehe
Dr. Eyad El Serraj at a 1993 press conference in East Jerusalem denouncing Israel’s use of torture. (Ruben Bittermann/Photofile)
U.N. and Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi (l) and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the Jan. 22 press conference closing the Geneva II peace talks on Syria. (Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images)
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, August 2012, Page 57
Music & Arts
Photographer/Farmer Vivien Sansour's Agro-Resistance
Stunning photographs of Palestinian farms will grace the walls of the Jerusalem Fund Gallery from July 27 through August as part of Vivien Sansour's project to put a face on Palestinian agriculture as a form of resistance. A farmer herself (she grows almond trees) as well as an independent photographer, Sansour has worked to promote Palestinian agriculture and food products. She most recently helped Canaan Fair Trade, which empowers marginalized Palestinian rural communities caught in conflict so they can sustain their livelihoods and culture by promoting sustainable farming practices.
Sansour's work centers on the farmers themselves, giving each a face and a voice, telling the stories of their lives and work through her sensitive images. More than a romantic idea, Palestinians' cultivation of their land contains the seeds of resistance. Her large-scale photos enable the viewer to walk the fields, experiencing the relationship of farmer to land, seeing how the traditional ways of planting and harvesting, of cooking the old recipes, form an historical continuum, the fruits of their labors feeding the body and the soul of Palestine today.
Food is an important element of Sansour's work, with films of cooking methods and recipe cards for the viewers to take with them.
Sansour wants her work to emphasize the fact that "Palestinian farmers have always been there, they have always been part of the landscape, not an imposed or artificially created presence." This continuum of presence is what she terms "agro-resistance." Her photographs are guaranteed to create this presence in the Jerusalem Fund gallery, allowing the audience, in their consumption of the both art and the food, to participate in that resistance.