Palestine Diary and Home Away from Home: Little Palestine by the Bay
Palestine Diary reflects on Hakim’s time in Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories as a young man, in the politically important years 1978 and 1979. It is on display at the Jerusalem Fund Gallery in Washington, D.C., through June 8.
Home Away from Home juxtaposes recorded oral histories with black-and-white portraits. The project uses the resources of storytelling and image to explore the Palestinian diaspora, and in particular the ways Palestinians in the Bay Area maintain ties to their homeland while living in a country whose political culture runs counter to their personal aspirations. It has exhibited at the Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco, Jerusalem Fund Gallery and San Francisco Public Library.
Najib Joe Hakim works as a documentary photographer and photojournalist in San Francisco. His work has been published in national and international magazines and newspapers, and he has won numerous awards for his photography and photo essays. Hakim, a Beirut-born Palestinian American, is a political art fellow at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Photo: Boy on Arab bus. Jerusalem, 1979. Photo courtesy of Najib Joe Hakim.