Collective Memory

Fadwa Rouhana

Passengers in time series : Inspired by the pilgrims of Jerusalem and Bethlehem, those who come from all around the world looking for salvation in her tortured homeland, In this theme I use the lens to look deep into the innermost corners behind the human consciousness where the shared human memory, the collective sufferings, hopes and fears are all concealed, in an attempt to grasp the meaning of salvation, the floating human existence in life, and our fragile passage in time.

The lens is the window through which I try to contemplate life and its meaning, how people are living it, their hopes and their hardships, their relation with their place and their environment, with their past and with their reality. It is her way to understand the whole human experience and to find her place inside it.

My photographic work had developed through my own experimental efforts in a long journey with the camera. Being raised in a place shattered by hurdles and injustice, the camera became an existential necessity, my asset to connect to a reality that had always rendered me estranged and alienated, as a woman and as a human being.

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