Where We Come From


15 April – 25 May 2005


Where We Come From

photographs and text by

Emily Jacir

Emily Jacir asked fellow Palestinians from around the world, “If I could do anything for you, anywhere in Palestine, what would it be?” Using her American passport to facilitate a freedom of movement unavailable to most Palestinians, Jacir documented her attempts to fulfill these requests. Her journey through loss, daily struggles, and sorrow tells the story of a people confined and prevented from attending to the most basic human needs. Jacir’s critically acclaimed project was described by New York Times critic Holland Cotter as “one of the most moving gallery exhibitions I’ve encountered this season.” Kim Levin of the Village Voice said, “Her efforts reverberate with the complexities of fear, longing and travel restrictions. Read every affecting word.”

Courtesy Alexander and Bonin