About this Project

Hummus, Falafel and Refugees (BOOK)

haret el tanakThe book, Hummus Falafel and Refugees is a culmination of 2 years of photojournalism by Ahmad Sabra.

During his time in the Middle East, Ahmad documented existing conditions in UN run refugee camps in Lebanon, and Syria, as well as visited Gaza and Iraq. The conditions were abysmal and Ahmad was left feeling helpless.

With the most dense population per people per square km, Gaza was deteriorating, and in the light of the current political conflicts is only bound to get worse.

Ahmad’s book explores what it means to be a refugee, and takes the abstract concept of emergency migration and makes it a reality for people whom have been blessed to never live through such traumatic conditions.

With this project, it is Ahmad’s hope to educate people as to what a real refugee looks like, while also helping to raise awareness and funds for aid organisations with the sales of his book, of which pre-orders are available now. You can buy your pre-order here.

Hummus Falafel and Refugees (EXHIBIT)

IMG_3802A joint Object and Photographic exhibition presented by Zahrah Habibullah-Ahmad Sabra, Hummus, Falafel and Refugees is an exhibition that explores the ideas of displacement, conflict and sense of identity and place through object and image.

Ahmad’s photographs give raw and everyday insight into the lives of individuals displaced due to armed conflicts in Palestine, Syria and Iraq. Ahmad traveled to six countries over a two year period and visited various refugee camps and cities populated with refugees for his photo documentary.

Zahrah’s work investigates the relationship with objects and how through the form of object and jewellery one retains such strong resonance of memory and place. Jewellery is often the smallest most valuable item one can take if fleeing from home. Her works reflect different aspects of preciousness, memory, place and belonging. This Exhibit will be open for viewing shortly after the book release.

Project Aim

syrain refugee classesBeing able to see a different perspective of refugees in the Middle East that is not generally portrayed or covered in the media in Western countries. Both the exhibition and book focus on the unique cultural and social histories of countries that are currently facing armed conflict and occupation in the Middle East.

The artworks will be in the form of framed photographs, a photo book (currently on pre-sale) and displayed objects.

The exhibition will be created for display in a museum or gallery setting commencing with its first venue, Art Gallery, Hume Global Learning Centre, Craigieburn with the further option of becoming a traveling exhibition if further venues are confirmed.

Please contact us if you are interested in hosting this exhibition via email.