Karimeh Abbud – The First Arab Woman Photographer

The Cinema Galleries hosts the exhibition “Karimeh Abbud – The First Woman Photographer Arab” from June 5 to 10, 2018. Karimeh Abbud is the first Palestinian and the first female Arab photographer to have set up her own studio at the beginning of the 20th century in Palestine.

The photographs on display were revealed by the Ahmad Mrowat collection in 2006. Un-archived and often undated, the collection also includes photographs of which she is not the author of family albums, some of these albums and some letters. The portraits and social landscape portrayed by the photographer is an important historical source of the Palestinian experience of the 1920s and 1930s.

Born in Bethlehem in 1893, Karimeh Abbud represents a particular photographic movement in Palestine, not only the first woman to become a professional photographer, but also one of the first in the region to set aside European stylistic traditions in the art of portraiture and photography, thanks to which the public could perceive a different aura through their photographs: it would be the aura of normality, of people at their best, but in a context of the middle class. The best reflects their dream and aspiration and in their case, the aspiration especially to be normal.They are even less dignified rulers, generals, pashas and clerics, represented by biblical scenes or ethnographic obsessions of It is thanks to the work of this pioneering photographer that the faces of the Palestinians before 1948 show their kindness. for simplicity and tranquility. ” 

 

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Vernissage : 05.06 – 18:00

opened Days : 06.06 – 07.06 – 08.06 – 09.06 (13:00 – 20:00)

Ending : 10.06 – 13:00/20:00

As part of Palestine with Love