When it was first published in 2013, Tanya Habjouqa"s groundbreaking series "Occupied Pleasures' forced us to see one of the most photographed corners of the world in an entirely different light. The multi-dimensional portrayal of joy and defiance in the face of trying circumstances in the Occupied Palestinian Territories went on to garner international recognition, including a World Press Photo award. The final available copies of the original 2015 Occupied Pleasures book are currently available on the NOOR website.
More than four million Palestinians live in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, where politics, restriction of movement and violence regularly intrude upon the most mundane of moments. Habjouqa captured how this longstanding occupation creates the strongest of desires for the smallest of pleasures and a sharp sense of humor.
Here, Habjouqa provides commentary on a selection of five images from the series, which OneShot has produced in a Cinq video:
Occupied Pleasures - CINQ - (Tanya Habjouqa/NOOR) | OneShot
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