‘Occupied Pleasures’ is a temporary exhibition at the Palau Robert by photographer Tanya Habjouqa that portrays moments in the everyday lives of over 4 million people who live in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Jerusalem. The exhibition, which forms part of the DOCfield Festival, explains these small, everyday moments with a keen sense of humour, in contrast to the usual reports on the subject which focus on violence and conflict.
The photographs, taken between 2009 and 2015, show Palestinians trying to enjoy life against a backdrop of discord, difficult political and economic conditions and restricted freedom of movement after 48 years of occupation—giving the viewer a new and different perspective on this area of the world, where men, women and children steal moments of simple joys despite the turmoil. "I sought the juxtaposition of everyday politics and absurdity," said Habjouga.
The exhibition forms part of the DOCfield festival and is on at the Palau Robert until August 30th.