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Spectrum

A Freedom Theatre Photography Exhibition
Generating cultural resistance one frame at a time…

In 2013, our multimedia students engaged in a five-month photography course where they honed their technical and storytelling skills to produce an exhibition that documents the spectrum of their lived experience.

A selection of the images are featured in a photography book bearing the same name. To order, please email media@thefreedomtheatre.org

Spectrum was made possible through the generous support of the Swedish Postcode Lottery (PostkodLotteriet).

Challenge
Challenge
by Baraa Abed Mohammad Sharqawee
My grandmother only liked to see me pray with my hands toward the sky
When she died I found my hands turned to the sky more and more in supplication
As my voice learned to merge with the adan and my dreams expand with the sun!

Balqees
Balqees
by Asmaa Abdel Raheem Ahmad Aboushi
As I sit by the heater I only feel warmth from the ambers of the wood

Alleys
Alleys
by Rawand Mustafa Mohamed Orouq
Despite the constraints of our conditions our dreams remain big
As evident as the sun the sets and yet is still clear and ever preset
As we journey by the light of faith and loyalty, catching stories whispered in the crevasses
with each step of war, love and peace

Chaos
Chaos
by Abeer Mohammed Mhmoud Yaseen
Every occupied city has a dream that is difficult to articulate
Adorned with trees that hold a lush, green and fertile history
One in which grandmother’s keys still opens doors to homes that were once theirs
Now encircled by cement walls that carry our souls to heaven
We still resist

Malicious
Malicious
by Asma Abdel Raheem Ahmod Aboushi
You don’t have to be malicious and frighten people away
Be like a cat, clever and welcoming so you can gain the communities favor

Lebanon
Lebanon
by Rawand Mustafa Mohamed Orouq
Barbed wire litters our skies yet our eyes will not grow accustomed
For even when maps betray us, we stay steadfast in our resistance
Drawing on a dream and hope of Palestine that can be heard over the chaos of diaspora and occupation

Justice
Justice
by Abeer Mohammad Mhmoud Yaseen
God is the essence of all justice, the scale

Innocence
Innocence
by Ahmad Abdel Ghany Salem Abu Qthaila
“Let me look behind me so I can see the dreams that past me by. Why can’t I stay here and laugh, play and love life just like any other child my age?”

Heritage
Heritage
by Rawand Mustafa Mohamed Orouq
The perfume of the earth is the essence of our nation
By rope, straw and the steady light of the lantern
We will continue to see our grandfather with his beloved
And we shall embrace her each day as to not neglect the curator of our heritage

Giving
Giving
by Ameer Riad Fayyad Sbaihat
Lamps fill the street with a light that narrates prose
Speaks of love and generates a discourse that allows for our souls to live in harmony

Friendship
Friendship
by Haifa Hassan Saud Abu Salah
If nurturing had an address it would be on my father’s lap

Fear
Fear
by Baraa Abed Mohammed Sharqawee
Every day I perceive this insect as a monster traveling my way with a strength as strong as my imagination

Fashion
Fashion
by Haifa Hassan Saud Abu Salah
In the alleys the grass, clothesline and dreams are like jasmine blossoming over fences

Facing
Facing
by Ameer Riad Fayyad Sbaihat
Define yourself against the backdrop of whirling smoke screens, aimless crowds, rubble and uncertainty
to remain soul sentinel of our soul

Determination
Determination
by Haifa Hassan Saud Abu Salah
All of the roads lead to many possibilities
we feel afraid
yet despite the fear
we know that we will find hope awaiting us at the road

Conflict
Conflict
by Haifa Hassan Saud Abu Salah
Not every ending is a happy one, but because it is an end in itself it brings about happiness

Colours
Colours
by Jaffa Atef Mohammad Abu Al-Rob
Our life is like a colour wheel spinning off its axis
Each color merging with another fashioning
A world as vibrant as our adoration for it

Reflection
Reflection
by Ameer Riad Fayyad Sbaihat
The image of the morning sun in a dewdrop is not less than the sun
The reflection of life in your soul is not less than life

Restriction
Restriction
by Manal Wassif Mostafa Faza
We had to walk the road paved with light to be seen
Stark and beautiful in contrast to the metal and barbed fences
Our fate is to be scorched and our choice is to continue on and resist.

Sandstorm
Sandstorm
by Jaffa Atef Mohammad Abu Al-Rob
Dust collects on our weary bodies and covers our senses with a loyalty and love for our nation that is ever awaiting our return.

Servitude
Servitude
by Abeer Mohammed Mhmoud Yaseen
The sun was my only friend, sheltering me with warmth
As I journeyed to reach my family
All I wanted was to put in my hat another dream of Palestine

Sunset
Sunset
by Rawand Mustafa Mohamed Orouq
Those who say the sky sleeps once the sun has set
Have not heard the discourse of the birds as they leave their nests
How their farewells are embedded with the reassurance of return
The sun sets and rests on our shoulders of life in which we are the bearers of light

Time
Time
by Ameer Riad Fayyad Sbaihat
In each wrinkle you will find a testimony carved with intention
In which time is its only raconteur

Waiting
Waiting
by Baraa Abed Mohammed Sharqawee
He promised her that every time the sun would rise she would not be witnessing it alone
Restricting her in his absence she was left disappointed
Every time she would see pairs of birds she would long for his company and say
“Here is the sun that comes out every day so that I can await your return”

SPECTRUM is supported by the Swedish Postcode Lottery (Postkodlotteriet)

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