By Rhoda Ann Kanaaneh
17 b/w images, 1 map during this wealthy, evocative learn, Rhoda Ann Kanaaneh examines the altering notions of sexuality, kinfolk, and copy between Palestinians residing in Israel. Distinguishing itself amid the media maelstrom that has homogenized Palestinians as "terrorists," this significant new paintings bargains a posh, nuanced, and humanized depiction of a bunch rendered invisible regardless of its massive measurement, now accounting for almost twenty percentage of Israel's inhabitants. Groundbreaking and thought-provoking, Birthing the country contextualizes the politics of copy inside modern concerns affecting Palestinians, and areas those matters opposed to the backdrop of a dominant Israeli society.
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