SYLVIA HORWITZ photography

PROMISED LANDS





ARTIST STATEMENT

While I lived and worked in Israel on archaeological digs as a volunteer and a photographer, I was immersed in the day-to-day life and times of people in my new community. I became increasingly aware of how little the essence of daily routines changes, regardless of the increased vigilance for potential danger.

These images were made in the Old City of Jerusalem in 2000/2001. Here, in the Muslim and Jewish quarters and throughout the region, most people seem to adapt despite disruptive political circumstances and quickly learn to live in the moment, doing all of those things that distinguish their humanity. They persist in the universal activities of work, play, ritual observances, and the array of personal interactions that give their lives a sense of purpose and unconditional meaning.




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