PRESS INVITE: Palestine Photo Exhibition "Phambili Palestine Phambili" at Durban Art Gallery (03 Oct - 20 Oct)

BDS South Africa, as a co-partner and co-host, invites members of the media to the Palestine photo exhibition, titled "Phambili Palestine Phambili", currently installed at the Durban Art Gallery.
DATES: 27 September - 20 October 2013
TIME: Monday - Saturday 08h30 to 16h00 and Sunday 11h00 to 16h00
VENUE: Durban Art Gallery
ADDRESS: 2nd Floor, Durban Art Gallery, Durban City Hall, Anton Lembede Street (Smith St.), Durban
TITLE AND THEME: “Phambili Palestine Phambili”
FESTIVAL: As part of the "Phambili Palestine Phambili" Festival
PHOTOGRAPHERS: Eloise Bollack (France), Ahmed Deeb (Palestine), Mahmoud Al Zanoon (Gaza) and others (find profiles below).
CONTACT: / 0822280303
PARTNERS: Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel in South Africa (BDS South Africa); Coalition for a Free Palestine (CFP); Diakonia Council of Churches (DCC); Durban University of Technology (DUT); Gaza’s Ark; Going Places – KZN Entertainment News and Reviews; Institute for Learning and Motivation; Minara Women’s Association (MWA); Minara Chamber of Commerce; Muslim Students’ Association (MSA); Palestine Embassy in South Africa; Palestine Solidarity Alliance (PSA); Palestine South Africa (PalS); Partners International Medical Aid (PIMA); South African Muslim Network (Samnet); Zaytoun; and others.
The Palestine photo exhibition, titled "Phambili Palestine Phambili", is a part of the larger "Phambili Palestine Phambili" photo and art festival currently underway from the 27th September to the 20th of October 2013 at the Durban Art Gallery. The festival, directed by Ms. Nadia Meer, consists of a photographic exhibition, film screenings, cultural performances, art exhibitions and other activities. The official name of the photo exhibition and festival is "Phambili Palestine Phambili", meaning "Forward Palestine Forward!". The photo exhibition consists of works from photographers and journalists including French photographer, Eloise Bollack; Palestinian-based Ahmed Deeb; Gazan-based Mahmoud Al Zanoon; and several other Palestinian and international photographers.
The larger festival also features film screenings of international and Palestine-produced feature films and documentaries. In addition, Professional International Medical Aid (PIMA) will have an exhibit with a medical focus; Project for the Physically Disabled of Gaza (IRADA) will host a display of arts and crafts; Zaytoun South Africa will be displaying and selling their organic, Palestine-sourced olive and olive oil products; and, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Sulafa Traditional Embroidery Project (that supports women of refugee camps of the Gaza Strip) will also be featured as part of the festival and photo exhibition. The book "Why Israel" will be launched, as part of the festival, on Sunday the 13th of October. Several community workshops and seminars will be held, focusing on technical skills training for photography and craft training, with the Durban University of Technology (DUT) and the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (UKZN). The Palestine photo exhibition and festival at the Durban Art Gallery is free and open to the public.

More about Photographer Eloise Bollack (France)
Eloise Bollack is a French photographer based in Ramallah who has been based in Ramallah Palestine since December 2010. Bollack explains that "human rights" motivate her work and that she tries, through her photography, to shed light on important topics, to inspire discussion and to broaden people’s knowledge, she says “art is more than just a beautiful product.” Eloise developed her photographic skills in parallel to her studies in History and Geography at the Sorbonne in Paris. After graduating with her Masters in Geopolitics, she took up photography. Eloise is currently in South Africa and is available for interviews and comment, her local number is 0766252538, her email address is and her website is

More about Photographer Ahmed Deeb (Palestine)
Ahmed Deeb is a Palestinian living in the Israeli occupied Palestinian Gaza strip who has studied radio and television at Jerusalem University. Deeb works as a photographer and filmmaker, and was awarded for being the third best news photographer in 2011, by the Thomson Foundation. Deeb covers events and news in Gaza and neighbouring countries including in Syria, Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries. Deeb's work has featured in international media such as the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, United Press International, Zenith Magazine, Corbis, MSN Photos, Demotix, Egypt Independent Newspaper, Sipa Agency and Zuma Press. Ahmed Deeb can be contact for interviews on email or via phone +201270586794 / +970 592 225825. Ahmed Deeb's website is

More about Photographer Mahmoud Al Zanoon (Gaza)
Mahmoud Al Zanoon used to shadow his older brother before he was tragically killed in an Israeli rocket attack which hit him while he was documenting an Israeli invasion east of the Palestinian Gaza Strip. Al-Zanoon's brother’s death made him realize that he wanted to continue the same journey that his brother helped him embark on. Mahmoud Al Zanoon is now a thriving and talented photographer who has been awarded “Best Photo of Media Freedom” from the Doha Center and "Best Photo of the Year" from Time New York in 2012. Al Zanoon says: “My vision is to give a voice to voiceless people of the world. I feel happy when I’m able to put smiles on children’s faces when they see my camera; they forget all their pain to show their happiness to my camera as if they want to ask it, ‘Can you bring hope for us?’"

Nadia Meer (Photo Exhibition and Festival Director): 0822280303
Eloise Bollack (Photographer): 0766252538
Muhammed Desai (BDS South Africa): 0842119988

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