Moderated by Anna Van Lenten, Half King Photo Series curator
Time listed Occupied Pleasures as one of the best photo books of 2015. On December 1, its author, Tanya Habjouqa will makes a rare appearance in New York at the Half King Photo Series to celebrate its launch. In her project, Tanya documents many of the ludicrous (i.e., normal) moments of everyday life that the 47-year occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem has created. Copies of Occupied Pleasures published by FotoEvidence, will be available for sale, and Tanya will screen a slideshow about the project. Also on hand to take part in the discussion will be photographers Peter Van Agtmael and Eric Gottesman.
TANYA HABJOUQA’s photographs focus on gender, social, and human rights issues in the Middle East. She approaches her subjects with sensitivity but also with an eye for the absurd. In 2014, the series Occupied Pleasures garnered Tanya a World Press Award. She is a founding member of Rawiya photo collective, the first all-female photo collective of the Middle East. Her work has been widely exhibited, and her series "Women of Gaza" was acquired by the Boston Museum of Fine Art in 2013 and in private collections. She is represented by East Wing, in Doha, Qatar. Tanya is based in East Jerusalem.