We are proud and delighted to have completed a two weeks’ traveling exhibition in the West Bank – featuring artwork by the children of Nablus! Photographs were taken by the participants in Triple Exposure, a TYO initiative that aims to develop identity, awareness, and vocational skills among adolescents through teaching photographic expression and the production of public art. These photos were displayed in three venues from October 29 to November 13, where hundreds of visitors were able to benefit from a photographic entryway into a city and people so rarely accessed by the outside world. We began with the Hashimiya School in El Bireh/Ramallah, where teachers, students, nonprofit professionals, and other education-oriented visitors to the World Education Forum were able to view and comment on our students’ photography of their homes, schools, friends, and hobbies.
The exhibition, named “Suwarna,” the Arabic word for “Our Pictures,” then moved to the Hamdi Munko Center in Nablus, where the participants and their families had the greatest opportunity to visit and show off their work to their friends and peers! The Hamdi Munko Center is a centrally-located municipal children’s center where the exhibition was visited by families, school groups, youth, professionals, and tourists originating from Jaffa to Japan.
After a weekend in Nablus, “Suwarna” moved to the Ramallah Ottoman Court, a renovated Ottoman courthouse that is home to a beautiful exhibition space, filled with traditional stone archways and flanked by a wide balcony overlooking the Old City. Again a large number of students and professionals, young and old, visited the exhibition to appreciate the children’s artistic talents and to draw from their unique insights into life in Nablus.
Enthusiastic media coverage brought the exhibition to those who were not able to visit in person, furthering TYO’s continuing goal of teaching the young participants in “Triple Exposure” how to use their photography and art in order to connect with the world around them. See below for links to the online coverage of “Suwarna.”
Jerusalem Media and Communication Centre, “‘Suwarna’ depicts Palestinian dreams through youth’s eyes”
Palestine Monitor, “Occupation Through A Child’s Eyes”
Nablus TV, “Tomorrow’s Youth Organization Opens the Suwarna Exhibition in Ramallah” [photo gallery]
Panet (Panorama Group), “Opening of the Suwarna Exhibition at the Hamdi Munko Center”
“Suwarna” would not have been possible without the tireless support of the Tomorrow’s Youth Organization staff and volunteers, the Ottoman Court staff, the Hamdi Munko staff, the Ramallah and Nablus Municipalities, Zoom Advertising, and the World Education Forum volunteers. We are sincerely grateful for their efforts.