An exhibition of photos of everyday life in a Palestinian village, taken by the children who live there, in Hull Minster throughout August.
Children in the West Bank village of Bil’in worked under the guidance of Liverpool photographer, Elaine Stapleton, to produce an eloquent and moving set of A2 sized photos depicting everyday life in a Palestinian village living under military occupation. The results can be seen in this travelling exhibition of nearly 40 photographs which has hung in churches and cathedrals, schools, colleges and universities, cafes and theatres, and in art and community centres throughout the country and is shortly due to come to Hull Minster.
The exhibition was commissioned by Liverpool Friends of Bil’in, who work to end the human rights violations suffered by the people of Bil’in and who support the village by making links of friendship and solidarity. This exhibition is one in a series of supportive actions including organising exchange visits, sending English language teachers, raising money, and linking Liverpool groups with groups in the village.
This is how the photographer Elaine sees and values the project:
“Using a camera can be very liberating. It can remove barriers and provide an opportunity to explore, celebrate, share experiences, and develop an understanding of each others’ lives. I hope that these children will be able to share their stories and identities with their families, teachers and neighbours and with other people nationally and internationally. Through the project, they can record their culture and everyday life for future generations.”