Narratives of the Middle East, the region I most often work, are often told in the tired tropes. One of the facets of “othering” people is to strip them of diversity and vibrancy, and so it’s the vibrancy I reinstate: the humanity, the complexity, the contradictions of real people. We need a sophisticated and more nuanced conversation. If you can present people in their complexity audiences, readers, viewers can relate to them much more, so this is what I’m striving to do.
Based in East Jerusalem, Tanya Habjouqa is an award-winning photographer, journalist and educator. Her principal interests include gender, representations of otherness, dispossession and human rights, with a particular concern for the ever-shifting sociopolitical dynamics of the Middle East. Her project 'Occupied Pleasures' won a World Press Photo award and culminated in a book.