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.
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.
48 Stories now live23 May 2018
On May 18, Paradox and NOOR launched 48 Stories – Mapping the Palestinian Diaspora at Pakhuis de Zwijger. At the occasion, photographers who contributed stories to the web app as well as curators and researchers reflected on the Nakba and its representation today. Now, the first three episodes of 48 Stories are available on 48stories.org. A new story will be added...Read more