The Land That Remains: Photographing Nostalgia and Existence

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Palestine Square | ميدان فلسـطيـن

Italian photographer Federico Busonero recalls an allegorical moment:

fb_palestine_man_2400px (Federico Busonero)

Traveling along the West Bank’s Route 60, he came across a Palestinian man sitting on a cement block on the side of the road apparently waiting for a ride. Next to him were three bags; from one protruded an old-fashioned black wall clock. The man spoke neither Italian nor English, and Busonero speaks no Arabic. The photographer signaled to the man that he would like to photograph him by pointing to his camera. The man agreed to Busonero’s request. For 15 minutes, Busonero relayed, the man sat there with “his hands crossed on his legs, pensive eyes looking at me. Everything was halted (…). The man did not move.” Neither, of course, did the clock.

For Busonero, the photograph of the motionless man and clock became, “a metaphor for the condition of all Palestinians: their time is frozen, they cannot move…

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