links to ongoing and past projects

I. Photographic Series

  1. The eruv project has taken many forms over the past several years, among them academic papers and exhibitions. The excerpts here are from “The Introduction to the Eruv” at MAVCOR (Center for Material and Visual Cultures of Religion) and “Eruvin in the Settlements.”

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2. “Marking Time: Photographs from Dheisheh refugee Camp,” is part of the project, “Conversations on the Periphery,” a study of the evolving conversation through murals on the walls of the camp. This selection of eight photographs was first featured in the exhibit, Waiting Rooms of History, at the Kunstverein Paderborn, May-June, 2016. An expanded version was shown in Woodbridge, Connecticut in 2018. Another exhibition is planned for 2020.

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3. “Out of the Closet, Into the Street.” I took the photographs for “Out of the Closet, Into the Street” at the first gay liberation rally in Chicago in April, 1970. The photographs were first shown in Tel Aviv in 2016.

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II. Blog Posts

The blog Touching Photographs uses my own photographs and those of others to discuss photography and to support causes. This page culls from the blog and other sources those projects that best illustrate my own ongoing photographic practice. Click on any image to see more photographs and texts from these projects.

  1. Ramadan: Umm al-Amad and Bi’r al-Id : a discouraging and hungry day watching sheep, building an endless road by hand, and witnessing an uprooted vineyard.

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2. “Demolition, Liberation: May 5, Al-Markez”:  the aftermath of a demolition in the South Hebron Hills, part of a series about demolitions in the Jordan Valley and in the South Hebron Hills that also includes posts about waiting for demolitions, preempting them and experiencing them.

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3. “Preemptive Demolition”: When the army is planning to demolish your home, it is sometimes more practical to preempt them and do it yourself.

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4. “Women, Tents, Energy, Caves”: part of an ongoing photographic study of an effort by Palestinian women to help themselves and the sources of energy on which their progress depends. Portions have been exhibited in New Haven, Connecticut.

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5. “A lovely day in South Hebron,” “Obstructed Vision,” and “Keep off the Grass” are excerpts from early in my ongoing study of the Israeli activist group “Ta’ayush.”

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All photographs © Margaret Olin

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