‘The Power of Culture’ is a product of young Palestinians’ reflections upon life in a refugee camp. This is the 1st edition of a series of photography publications.
When we first started running the rights-based photography programme at Lajee Center we were operating with a creative model that has been used in various political situations around the world. Since we started the photography projects in 2005, our methods developed and we no longer run only with the method of ‘kids with cameras’ projects. Instead, with the generous ongoing support of the HOPING Foundation, Lajee Arts & Media Unit, which is run by former participants in our early projects, is today a sustainable project implementing continuing programs.
The four young artists, (Shoroq Asad, Miras al-Azzeh, Mohammed al-Azza and Kholoud Ajarma), featured within this book all began photography projects at Lajee several years ago – three of the four artists participated in Lajee’s first projects in 2005. Though personal practice and intensive photography courses, the artists have developed their abilities in order to their work but also to articulate their individual creative voices as well as their collective voice.
This book includes a selection of work from two long-term projects produced by each artist over the course of two years. All of the young artists, aged between 17-25 years old, are now also implementing projects with local children in order to continue the development of Lajee’s model and help support the next generation of photographers. All of the artists have had international photographic exhibitions, and their works have been acknowledged in either national or international competitions. The works of the participants of Lajee Center’s Arts & Media Unit is continuing to be exhibited around the globe; more than thirty international shows have now been implemented across four continents.