Urban Life – New Forms of Traditional Beduin Customs

Bedouin culture is based on patriarchal values, religion and the connection to the land and the living environment. These values bridge the past, the present and the future on all levels – the immediate family, the tribe and society at large. The urbanization processes that swept through the nomadic Bedouin tribes were complemented by the penetration of modernization and technology, as well as Western influences on traditional patterns of behavior, attitudes, and existence. On the other hand, it is obvious that Bedouin society today strives to preserve its identity, religion, pride and traditional customs.

This exhibition focuses on meeting points between the changes which took place in the modern era and the traditional customs and way of life, which are evident in symbols, events, objects, memories, environmental sustainability, acceptance and intergenerational transmission.

The photographers in the exhibition chose to focus and research issues close to their hearts: Their lives in the city, the dilemmas encountered by them and their friends, families and tribe, as well as issues related to their living environment. In their work they ask: Where did we come from? What is our role in preserving our society, its character and roots, in a hybrid reality? And where should Bedouin society and the individuals within it go from here?

In collaboration with the Rahat Community Center.

Top Photo: Walid Alobra

Drorit Chechik

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