Bruno Fert























"These photographs show the remains of Palestinian villages  which were depopulated during the 1948  war. In 1948, the creation of the State of Israel triggered this conflict which caused the exodus of approximately 700,000 Palestinians to neighbouring countries. Afterwards, the refugees were not allowed to return to their homes which were confiscated under the Israeli "Absentee Property Law". Today, the number of Palestinian refugees and their descendants is estimated to be 5 million, many of whom are still living in the original refugee camps. Their claim to the right to return has always been a major point of contention between Palestinians and Israelis. For the project, I returned to the exact places of some of the roughly 500 villages which were depopulated and sometimes destroyed between November 1947 and July 1948.  

These images  —a return to the roots of this conflict— are an exploration of the birth of the Palestinian refugee problem and a testimony to the causes of a conflict which is still in the center of current affairs." Bruno Fert


Bruno's work, Les Absents (The Absentees), was exhibited as part of his residency. The exhibition featured photographs of Palestinian villages that were depopulated during the 1948 War.


Bruno Fert is a French photographer, documenting the lives of his subjects in Brooklyn, Palestine, and Kosovo. Previous exhibitions include: Mois de la Photo, Paris (2014), El Haal, Perpignan (2014), and Festival CIRCULATION, Paris (2014). He graduated from the Endsad and is a member of Picturetank. 

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