Home Away from Home

Gaza-Born Taysir Batniji Documents His U.S. Relatives’ Lives

In his photo series Home Away from Home, the Gaza-born Franco-Palestinian artist Taysir Batniji explores and documents the daily lives of people dwelling in intermediate states—between the land of their birth and their adopted country. His subjects, though, are not anonymous exiles. They’re relatives who immigrated to the United States from the Middle East. Between January and July 2017, Batniji traveled to Florida and California to meet these familiar strangers, observing and recording them at work and at home. With his painterly eye, he captures the nuances of dislocation as …

A ‘Musical Intifada’ in the West Bank

Criss-Crossing a Traumatized Land With Young, Palestinian Musicians

Over the last five years, as I criss-crossed the West Bank to document one young musician’s dream to build music schools amidst Israel’s military occupation, I’d often come upon a …

My Grandmother in Exile

The Mideast Peace Process Isn’t an Abstraction When It’s About Going Back Home

Today is the 65th anniversary of what we Palestinians call the Nakba, when we were expelled from what is now Israel in 1948. My grandmother, Khadija, is one of those …