Yazan Kopty in collaboration with Dima Srouji, Milena Desse, and Vivien Sansour
Presented by Gulf Photo Plus & Reel Palestine
Gulf Photo Plus exhibited the works curated by Yazan Kopty (Imagining the Holy) who collaborated with filmmakers Dima Srouji, Milena Desse, and Vivien Sansour in a series of conversations connecting archival images of Palestine with contemporary film. Using still fragments from the archive as prompts, they interrogated how images, both past and present, both still and moving, have documented and driven the complex histories that are the subjects of their works.
Directed by: Vivien Sansour
Vivien Sansour is the founder of the Palestine Heirloom Seed Library. Trained in the field of Anthropology, Vivien works with farmers worldwide on issues relating to agriculture and independence with focus on rural life and practice.
Curated by: Yazan Kopty
Yazan Kopty is a writer, oral historian, and National Geographic Explorer based in Washington D.C. His work centers around the acts of listening and narrating, focusing especially on community-sourced histories and memory as a tool for resistance, reckoning, and reconciliation. He is the lead investigator of Imagining the Holy, a research project that seeks to connect thousands of images of historic Palestine from the National Geographic Society archives with Palestinian community elders, cultural heritage experts, field researchers and family members in order to add missing layers of indigenous narrative and knowledge to them.
Follow him on instagram on: @imaginingtheholy
Imagining the Holy Print Sale
by Gulf Photo Plus
A selection of archival photographs of historical Palestine were made available in Gulf Photo Plus’s Fine Arts Print Shop. The scans of negatives were sourced by Yazan Kopty of Imagining the Holy, and found in the Matson Collection in the Prints & Photographs Division of the Library of Congress and taken in the first half of the 20th century.