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    Photography Final project

    Saja Quttaineh

    Visual unconsciousness

    I was born and raised in Jerusalem. In my project, I photograph my experiences in East Jerusalem and the surrounding neighborhoods and villages to describe the complex structure of the place and its social-political reality. I go out in the early morning to wander and get to know the area. There is no human activity at these hours, but there are clear signs of its presence and impact on the environment. I select to document these signs with an analog medium-format camera. It is not only about documentary photography that seeks to show neglect and disadvantage. I locate and shoot scenes of the accumulation and crossing of different times. The photographs reveal the area’s multi-layered nature, indicated by random abandoned objects, forgotten or still in use: cars, gas stations, billboards, construction sites. I isolate these objects from their surroundings and turn them into sculptural objects in the public space. It is a documentation of the passage of time, pointing to accretion and slow, motionless, constant change; photography that turns its attention to the visible, which is the subconscious of the place.

    Architecture Documentary Jerusalem Photography Urban

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