Based on A Photographic Conversation From Burj al-Shamali Camp, a dialogic project initiated in 2001 in a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon, this untitled presentation looks at people’s relation to photographs and their image in the context of Burj al-Shamali camp. Using slightly modified raw image and audio material collected and produced (mostly in collaboration with camp residents) between 2006 and 2011, Eid-Sabbagh questions the gesture of “transfer” and the artist’s role as a “vehicle” of transfer. The narrative and representational limits of the photographs emerge; they generate questions related to the public nature and visibility of these images within and outside the camp.
Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh studied history, photography, and visual anthropology in Paris. In 2006, she moved to Burj al-Shamali, a refugee camp established in 1956 just south of the port city of Tyre, Lebanon, where she lived until 2011. There she conducted a photographic project with a group of young Palestinians as well as archival work on family and studio photographs. Her research on vernacular visual cultures and on artistic gestures including dialogic approaches is still ongoing. A member of the Arab Image Foundation since 2008.