Archival Imagination and the Photographic History of Palestine
British Mandate
Indigenizing photography
visual politics
visual sovereignty

Imaging and Imagining Palestine takes us to the archive of early Palestinian photography. The book offers a selection of essays on the photographic collection during the British Mandate period in Palestine. The contributors reveal a world known to Palestinians outside the photographic frame. Through unearthing the Palestinian photographic archive, the book curates and visualizes Palestinian life and resistance during the British Mandate and before Israeli colonization. Imaging and Imagining Palestine demands the viewers of the photographic archive to read these visuals through an Indigenous framework that insists on seeing the agency of Palestinians in these photographic encounters. Indigenizing photography allows us to take risks in adopting a radical imagination that invites us to think about the liberatory aspect of documenting, archiving, and worldmaking for Palestinians that could have been realized had history taken another turn.

Author biography: 

Nayrouz Abu Hatoum is an assistant professor in the department of sociology and anthropology at Concordia University, Montreal. Her research explores visual politics in Palestine and focuses on alternative imaginations, people’s place-making, and dwelling practices in contexts of settler-colonialism.