Support Arab Bedouin women photographers from Umm al-Ḥīrān present their story in New York
Arab Bedouin people in the Negev/Naqab desert, despite being Israeli citizens, are under daily risk of their homes being demolished, and are constantly denied of water, electricity, and other basic services.
Four courageous Arab Bedouin women documented their lives as the State forces them and their families to say goodbye to everything they call home. Now their photographs will travel all the way to New York to share a message of humanity and resilience.
Please support the women of Umm al-Ḥīrān as they share their photographic documentation of the State’s assault on the 500 Arab Bedouin residents in the unrecognized village. Their unprecedented photographic testimony will be exhibited in a featured exhibition entitled: “Forced from Home” at the Photoville Festival in New York this September 12-22, which expects to receive more than 92,000 visitors.
Why? As we witness violence and displacement of indigenous populations and first nations all around the world, women are taking unimaginable risks to step up and face private and state institutions to stop state projects that will effectively destroy their communities.
The story of the indigenous Arab Bedouin people in the Negev/Naqab is presented through the unmediated eyes of women, who document their daily lives in Umm al-Ḥīrān. The State will demolish the village for the purpose of establishing a Jewish-only town on its rubble. Your donation will be a much-needed symbolic and material demonstration of support for the civil struggle and resistance of Arab Bedouin women, whose photographs express their strength and resilience against various forms of oppression. Through their photography, the women tell a personal and communal story of the indigenous Arab Bedouin people that make the Negev/Naqab region their home.
We urgently need your help in order to present the exhibition in New York! Please donate by 8th of September 2019.
Help their voices to be heard and their story be told!