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Jaffa (2013) - Iraqi Artist NEDIM KUFI

A series of photographs of the Palestinian residents of Jaffa during the 1930’s. The photographs originally appeared in a book by the Dutch photographer Frank Scholten, who travelled in Palestine and was inspired by the simple lives of the residents to document their lives. Discovering the book by chance in a second-hand store, Kufi was moved to transpose real Dutch flowers, which he found pressed and dried between the pages of the book, onto Scholten’s images to preserve this cultural juxtaposition. Here evidence of the Jaffa residents’ existence is now framed within the perception of those who never knew them in a relationship that simultaneously affirms and subverts the Orientalist notion of ‘the Other’. - IAM

You can view more images of the series here.

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1. A fisherman with his daughters. Saqqa family house, Saida, Lebanon, 1948-53. 

2. Tarho and El Masri. Studio Shehrazade, Saida, Lebanon, 1958.

3. Abu Jalal Dimassy (centre) and two of his friends acting out a hold-up. Studio Shehrazade, Saida, Lebanon  

4. Palestinian resistance fighter. Studio Shehrazade, Saida, Lebanon, 1968-72.

5. Najm (left) and Asmar (right). Studio Shehrazade, Saida, Lebanon, 1950s.

6. Syrian resistance fighter. Studio Shehrazade, Saida, Lebanon, early 1970s.

7. Palestinian man with his guitar. Studio Shehrazade, Saida, Lebanon, early 1970s.

8. Bashasha (left) and a friend. Studio Shehrazade, Saida, Lebanon, late 1950s.  

9. Syrian resistance fighter. Studio Shehrazade, Saida, Lebanon, early 1970s.

10. Twins. Studio Shehrazade, Saida, Lebanon, 1950s.

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