For Israelis, May 1948 marks the creation of the State of Israel. For Palestinians, it marks the Nakba (‘catastrophe’): more than 700.000 Palestinians were forced out of their homes. Today – exactly 70 years later – those 700.000 have exceeded six million. 48 Stories presents the personal stories of Palestinians who witnessed the events and shows where they live today.

48 Stories was produced by photography collective NOOR, Palestinian and other photographers from the Middle East, designers Kummer & Herrman and Paradox. 48 Stories sheds new light on the representation of the Palestinian diaspora. The project documents the memories and everyday lives of Palestinians, both 1948 survivors and their descendants. Many of them live in Gaza, the West Bank or Israel but the vast majority is spread around the world; they are based in (former) refugee camps in Lebanon, Syria or Jordan, have settled in countries like the US, Chile and the Netherlands. They have become shop owners, doctors, political activists or university professors. While they are scattered geographically, they share the hope of one day acquiring the right of return. However, being rooted in new homelands and without any sign of reconciliation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it is unlikely that they will ever resettle.

Between 2016 and 2018, 7 photographers and filmmakers captured the experiences of Palestinians across the globe. 48 Stories shows a community whose members, although geographically and socioeconomically diverse, are all tied to the same country, landscape and history.

48 Stories presents the personal stories of Palestinians in an innovative web app, based on Slices, an Amsterdam start-up developing online storytelling solutions for journalists.

Authors

Laura BoushnakLaura Boushnak (KW, b. 1976) is a Kuwaiti-born Palestinian photographer. Since 2008 she has focused primarily on women, literacy and education reform in the Arab world. Her documentary project I Read I Write explores the role of literacy in improving the lives of Arab women, and the barriers they face in accessing education. Her photographs have been published in the New York Times, The Guardian, National Geographic and Le Monde, and have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. Boushnak co-founded Rawiya collective, the first all-female photo collective in the Middle East.

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Kadir van LohuizenKadir van Lohuizen (NL, b. 1963) has covered conflicts in Africa and elsewhere, but is probably best known for his long-term projects on the seven rivers of the world, the rising of sea levels, the diamond industry and migration in the Americas. He has received numerous prizes, including two World Press Photo awards. In September 2007, he and ten others established the NOOR agency (Amsterdam, New York). He became a member of the supervisory board of World Press Photo in 2008. He has published several photobooks, including Diamond Matters, Aderen and Vía PanAm (in collaboration with Paradox).

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Tanya HabjouqaTanya Habjouqa (JO, b. 1975) is an award-winning photographer, journalist and educator with a background in journalism and anthropology. Her practice links social documentary, collaborative portraiture and participant observation. Her principal interests include gender, representations of otherness, dispossession and human rights, with a particular concern for ever-shifting sociopolitical dynamics in the Middle East. Habjouqa’s work has been exhibited worldwide and is in the collections of MFA Boston, Institut du Monde Arab, and the Carnegie Museum of Art. She is a founding member of Rawiya, the first all-female photography collective from the Middle East. She is a mentor on the Arab Documentary Photography Program, organised by Magnum Foundation, Prince Claus Fund, and AFAC. In 2017 she joined photography collective NOOR.

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Rula Halawani (b. 1964) was born and raised in Jerusalem. She has a BA in Photography from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada (1989) and a MA in Photographic Studies from the University of Westminster, London (2001). She established the photography programme at the University of Birzeit, Palestine. Having grown up in occupied East Jerusalem, Halawani’s work demonstrates a strong relationship between art and politics. She has had solo exhibitions in London (2010), at the Suha Shoman Foundation, Darat Al-Funun in Amman, Jordan (2006), in Palestine (2003 and 2004) and at the City Museum in Rome (2002). She has also taken part in group exhibitions, notably at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris (2009), the 6th and 7th Sharjah Biennial in the United Arab Emirates (2003 and 2005) and the Busan Biennial in South Korea (2004).

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Ali Noureldine (PS, b. 1985) was born in Gaza and currently lives in Berlin. At the age of 17 he started working as a freelance photographer for the European Press Agency (EPA), reporting on news and events in Gaza. He earned a degree in journalism from the Azhar University in Gaza. In 2012, during the eight-day war, his family home was shelled and his father and sister were injured while he was photographing the events. In 2013, he was selected for the Joop Swart Masterclass organised annually by the World Press Photo Foundation in Amsterdam. Also in 2013, he received the first prize from the British Frontline Club and the Days Japan Photojournalism Award.

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Khaled Jarrar (PS, b. 1976) is a Palestinian artist and filmmaker living in Ramallah. He received a BA in Visual Arts from the International Academy of Art in Palestine. He uses his artistic practice to consider questions of conflict, nationhood, home and belonging. Through highly symbolic photographs, videos and performative interventions, he explores modern power struggles and their sociocultural impact on ordinary citizens. The notion of state authority is a recurring concern as are the issues surrounding the recognition of the State of Palestine and the militaristic discourse around it. He is the director of the award-winning documentary The Infiltrators. His work has been widely exhibited at solo and group exhibitions and in film festivals in Europe, the USA and the Middle East.

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From Gaza, Palestine, Ezz Al Zanoon (PS, b. 1992) is an independent photo journalist and filmmaker whose work regularly appears on the Middle East Eye, The Electronic Intifada, and Al Jazeera English, among others. His work is mostly concerned with topics such as human rights and social justice. In 2017, his work was included in the group exhibition HOME at Framer Framed in Amsterdam.

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Mustafa El-Masri was born in 1936 in 'Ajjur, Palestine. He and his brothers used to help their father to farm their the land. In 1948, after a Jewish attack on their village, first they settled in caves nearby their homes. Ever since he lives in the Baqa’a refugee camp in Jordan.
Mustafa El-Masri was born in 1936 in 'Ajjur, Palestine. He and his brothers used to help their father to farm their the land. In 1948, after a Jewish attack on their village, first they settled in caves nearby their homes. Ever since he lives in the Baqa’a refugee camp in Jordan.
Rula Halawani
Victoria Larach was born in 1938 in Beit Jala, Palestine. She worked for years as a teacher in Palestinian refugee camps in the Middle-East. In 1962 she got married and moved with her husband to San Pedro Sula in Honduras.
Victoria Larach was born in 1938 in Beit Jala, Palestine. She worked for years as a teacher in Palestinian refugee camps in the Middle-East. In 1962 she got married and moved with her husband to San Pedro Sula in Honduras.
Kadir van Lohuizen
Rashad was born in 1944 in Jaffa, Palestine. He and his sons work as fishermen, just like his father used to. Rashad’s friends say they saw a mermaid while out in the sea. He wonders whether it might be true.
Rashad was born in 1944 in Jaffa, Palestine. He and his sons work as fishermen, just like his father used to. Rashad’s friends say they saw a mermaid while out in the sea. He wonders whether it might be true.
Laura Boushnak
Dr. Ernest Far was born in 1936 in Jaffa, Palestine. In 1948 they fled Jerusalem by taxi to Amman, the capital of Jordan. Dr. Ernest Far eventually started a new life in Bonn, Germany, where he lives until today.
Dr. Ernest Far was born in 1936 in Jaffa, Palestine. In 1948 they fled Jerusalem by taxi to Amman, the capital of Jordan. Dr. Ernest Far eventually started a new life in Bonn, Germany, where he lives until today.
Ali Noureldine
Fatmeh Ali Sarees Fawadleh (81) /
Expelled from: Abu Zurayq, Palestine / 
Current residence: Jordan
Fatmeh Ali Sarees Fawadleh (81) / Expelled from: Abu Zurayq, Palestine / Current residence: Jordan
Story by: Rula Halawani
Fakhri Yousef Mohammed  Eltelawi (78)
Expelled from: Ghuwayr Abu Shusha, Palestine / Current residence: Baqa’a refugee camp, Jordan
Fakhri Yousef Mohammed Eltelawi (78) Expelled from: Ghuwayr Abu Shusha, Palestine / Current residence: Baqa’a refugee camp, Jordan
Story by: Rula Halawani
48 Stories mobile version
48 Stories mobile version

48 Stories

48 Stories presents the personal stories of Palestinians in an innovative web app. The app is designed by Kummer & Herrman and created in collaboration with Slices, an Amsterdam based start-up developing online storytelling solutions for journalists. Each episode zooms in on the memories and everyday life of a Palestinian, who witnessed the events of 1948.

48 Stories connects the experiences of Palestinians who resettled around the world, but all share ties to the same country, landscape and history. The app allows for a re-reading of the Palestinian diaspora and opens up to new stories and interpretations.

Follow the stories on 48stories.org. Every two weeks a new episode will be added to this free web app.

  • Réka Szentirmay (Story editing, in collaboration with the photographers)
    Ezz Al Zanoon (Photographer)
    Ali Noureldine (Photographer)
    Khaled Jarrar (Photographer)
    Rula Halawani (Photographer)
    Laura Boushnak (Photographer)
    Tanya Habjouqa (Photographer)
    Kadir van Lohuizen (Photographer)
    Bas Vroege (Editor)
    Edmée van Rijn (Editorial advice)
    Kummer & Herrman (Graphic design)
    Darius Timmer (Sound design)
    Slices (Interactive concept and programming)

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  1. 48 Stories

    Exhibition

    5 Jun 2018 - 10 Jun 2018 Cinema Galeries, Brussel (BE)

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    Exhibition 5 Jun 2018 - 10 Jun 2018 Cinema Galeries, Brussel (BE)

    48 Stories was selected for the Palestine with Love festival in Brussels. At Cinema Galeries, 48 Stories presents the stories of Palestinians in the form of an audiovisual installation. Palestine with Love celebrates the beautiful and powerful cinema of resistance by showing films and documentaries that have marked Palestinian cinema and have contributed in making...

  2. Unseen Open Gallery Night

    Talk and pop-up exhibition

    22 Sep 2018 iMPACT JOURNEY, Amsterdam (NL)

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    Talk and pop-up exhibition 22 Sep 2018 iMPACT JOURNEY, Amsterdam (NL)

    Join us on Saturday 22 September for a special presentation of 48 Stories – Mapping the Palestinian Diaspora at iMPACT JOURNEY, a new space dedicated to documentary project at Keizersgracht 166, Amsterdam. From 8-9 pm, Bas Vroege (director, Paradox), Clément Saccomani (director, NOOR) and Sanne de Wilde (photographer, NOOR) will discuss current transformations within the...

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  • Documenting Palestinian Diaspora: 48 Stories that Need to Be Told

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48 Stories is a collaboration between NOOR, Palestinian and other photographers based in the Middle East, Kummer & Herrman, Slices and Paradox.

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