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Personal matters of the Found Archive of Hani Jawherieh

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19.11.2019

The Found Archive of Hani Jawherieh is an exhibition looking at the personal films and photos of the eponymous Palestinian photographer and cinematographer. It opened last week at the P21 Gallery in London.

Hani Jawherieh (1939-1976) was a Palestinian photographer and cinematographer and one of the founders of the Palestine Film Unit. He is known for his images of Palestinian resistance and freedom fighters of the 1960s and 1970s, and for his documentation of the expulsion of Palestinians during the sixties. Killed in 1976 while in Lebanon documenting a battle between Palestinian fighters, much of Hani’s work was looted by the Israeli Army during its 1982 invasion of the country.

The exhibition is part of filmmaker and curator Azza El-Hassan’s “Void Project”, which looks at the effect of Israel’s seizure of records of Palestinian existence and culture on the Palestinian visual narrative. It explores the intricacies of what it means to be able to uncover Palestinian visual materials that have been hidden for decades.

For the first time, Hani Jawherieh’s personal collection of films and photos, hidden for 37 years, is........

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