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East Jerusalem, Palestine (2019)
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Photography & Text & Book & Exhibition  

NORWAY/PALESTINE: Palestinian Balqees Rjoub wrote free and poetic texts to Brynhild Bye-Tiller's photographs from "East Jerusalem, Palestine".

"East Jerusalem, Palestine" was part of the exhibition "Participatory observation and documentary methods in Edit Palestine" by the artist Brynhild Bye-Tiller. The work consisted of 19 colour photographs and19 text's written in Arabic and translated to English by Nariman Sharawneh. All of the material were put together in an assemblage on the wall and in an artist's book. (Opens in New Window)

The artist Bye-Tiller collaborates with public institutions, organizations, associations, volunteers, individuals, groups, artists and other professionals to participate in her projects. This time she did a collaboration with Balqees Rjoub which led to a joint work;" East Jerusalem, Palestine". The artist's book was launched during the exhibition opening on Saturday 26 October 2019.

The public were also invited to participate in the work by writing in a text-based workshop "Keep on writing". All contributions were put up on the wall and later became a part of a redacted version of the book "East Jerusalem, Palestine".

Jerusalem is a city that attracts me since it is part of my formation..its heritage and history, its present and past, all of has inhabited the soul of the city that has been sanctified by holiness even it is wronged by politics. For me, it is more than just a city.                                                                                    Balqees Rjoub
Balqees is one of many who are affected by the vast and complicated infrastructure of movement restrictions. She lives in occupied Palestinian territories, 14 km north of the university where she studies. Each day she has to wait in line, go through military outposts, check points and a separation barrier on her way to the university in Jerusalem. She is 21 years old and she has never experienced free movement as an adult in her home country. Despite this difficult situation Balqees wants to highlight the beauty of Jerusalem, not the restrictions. It is easy to forget the proximity of destinations in this small, divided piece of land. Jerusalem is the city that Palestinians, whether they are Muslims or Christians, consider their capital and spiritual center.        

                                                                                                            Brynhild Bye-Tiller

Quote International Solidarity Movement:
«East Jerusalem is a unique city in the world. Being excluded from the Oslo accords, it is not officially part of the West Bank Palestinian territory, and its citizens are not permitted to hold a regular Palestinian identity document. Instead they are issued with a special identity document that allows them to travel in both West Bank as well as the rest of the area decreed in the 1948 treaties as 'Israel'. Contrary to giving greater freedom of movement, for many Palestinians living in East Jerusalem, the effect of this difference in status is to give the state of Israel increased leverage in different areas of life. They are left vulnerable to repressive policies, such as constantly increasing rents, restrictions on business hours in shops, and constant presence of the army. However, in reality no Palestinian in East Jerusalem can afford to move away from the city due to the risk of losing their 'special' status. Any person who is absent from East Jerusalem for more than two years loses his right to possess the relevant ID. Regular Palestinian ID documents can be issued by the Palestinian Authority only under approval by the Israeli civil administration, which in practice is extremely difficult. In effect, this makes such persons vulnerable to becoming stateless. Furthermore, absence from this duration gives Israel the right to confiscate that person's home, which will be commonly sold directly to Israeli settlers, increasing the Israeli land-grab and leading to an effective ethnic cleansing within Jerusalem.»

Exhibition period: October 26th - 24th November 2019  

East Jerusalem, Palestine

An artist's book about Jerusalem. Text by Balqees Rjoub and photographs by Brynhild Bye-Tiller. Translation by Nariman Sharawneh.

Feature and details
Size standard landscap 10x8 in, 25x20 cm
70 pages
Hardcover, Dust Jacket

Preview/Order (Opens in new window)

Venue: Heimdal Art Association  


5 art works:
1. A photographic series Palestinian gestures with 19 color photographs
2. A text workshop Keep on Writing
3. An artist's book East Jerusalem, Palestine
4. An assembly of 19 pictures and 19 texts East Jerusalem, Palestine
A lecture

Document archive:

List of works

Invitation exhibition

Poster text workshop





Press and media
Klassekampen 31.10.2019   Heimdalsbladet #13 2019 s. 42   Pressemelding oktober 2019   Dag og tid 01.11.2019   Subjekt 21.10.2019