Born in Jordan and educated in the United States, NOOR member Tanya Habjouqa now resides in East Jerusalem. A photographer, artist, and educator — her work stems from long-term investments and collaborative methodology, blending ethnographic research and investigative reportage. Examining details of conflict in the Middle East, Habjouqa addresses the presentation of these conversations by western media outlets.
In recent years, her projects have been commended by the likes of TIME, Smithsonian and World Press Photo. Habjouqa is known for producing sensitive work underscored by the absurd.
She is a mentor for the Magnum Foundation initiative, "Arab Photography Documentary Program” and teaches workshops internationally. She is trained in journalism and anthropology with an MA in Global Media with emphasis on Middle East Politics from University of London SOAS. Her work has been exhibited worldwide and is in the permanent collections of the MFA Boston, Institut du Monde Arab, and the Carnegie Museum of Art. She is represented by East Wing and Ilex galleries.
The burdens of violence are present in their scant belongings, heavy mementos to remind themselves of those they lost in the war.
Digital-era lockets: cherished cell-phone images of dead fathers, husbands, and brothers lost to Syria’s bloody uprising.
Habjouqa's photographs explore the complicated intimacies in the everyday lives of these Syrian women who cling to the hope that soon their family will be reunited and yet, in many cases, they also grapple with the knowledge they will never see them again.
And for an entire generation of young women, a pretty grim future.
Occupied Pleasures presents a nuanced, multi-dimensional portrayal of humanity’s ability to find pleasure in the face of trying circumstances in Occupied West Bank, Jerusalem, and Gaza.
Occupied Pleasures straddles passive and active meanings: to be occupied under Israel, and to occupy oneself, joyfully and defiantly, in pastime and simple pleasures.
2009: Gaza is a difficult place for women. The siege not only affects the economy, but the most basic of dreams and space to simply be.
“Women of Gaza” depicts a different side of Gaza.
Despite the devastation, a community spirit and elegance prevails. Women are continuing to care for their families, strive for education, and pursue careers against the odds.