STRETCH GOALS: Thank you all for supporting this project- we're so excited to bring this book to life. The book is still available for pre-sale throughout the duration of the campaign and any additional funds will go to increasing awareness of the book and putting together a traveling exhibition of this work. Thank you again, for your support. Best MJ
“Gaza Girls: Growing Up in the Gaza Strip” is a photo book that tells the stories of young women coming of age in a difficult place. It is intended to highlight the challenges of daily life, as well as moments of joy found in a complicated existence. With your help FotoEvidence and I will publish this book, for release in early 2018
Coming of Age
When you’re a young girl in Gaza, your existence is defined by its boundaries — literal and metaphorical, defined by both regional and cultural politics. Families are tight-knit and watchful over their daughters. Privacy and mobility are both scarce. Many women say that in a place as small as Gaza, it is impossible to be truly free. Yet, there are moments of joy found in laughs at school, shared secrets with friends and moments alone to dream. Like many peers around the world, these girls are figuring out who they are in a world built by grown-ups. Navigating girlhood is universal, even if the circumstances are not.
A Difficult Place
Gaza is a troubled land— a 45-square-mile district, isolated by towering concrete blast walls, reams of barbed wire and foreign soldiers who patrol its perimeters. After years of blockades and travel restrictions, the territory is shut off from the rest of the world. At night the never-ending buzz of drones lull you into a light sleep under their watchful din. If you stand on the beach you can see lights coming from Israel — a land that you will never be able to touch. Boundaries and surveillance define your existence and growing up there isn't easy.
Why Is This Important?
So often we see Gaza through a dimensional lens of violence and conflict. Stories about quieter moments like these are often overlooked, though they offer a powerful look into world unseen by many. This work amplifies the everyday moments of joy and hope.
I first travelled to Gaza to cover an eight day war between Israeli Defense Forces and Hamas. That was five years ago, and I have returned again and again since then, driven to document the strength, creativity and vibrancy of Palestinian girls and young women. I am awed and haunted by their tremendous resilience, even in the face of unimaginable adversity. I also see so much similarity between these teenaged girls and the teenage girl I once was, despite our different circumstances.
The forward will be written by Linda Sarsour, a Palestinian American racial justice and civil rights activist, community organizer, and board member of the Women's March.
I am collaborating on the book with designer Bonnie Briant, who designed the FotoEvidence books, "Endurance" by Omar Havana and "Talibes Modern Day Slaves" by Mario Cruz, as well as "Diagram of the Heart" by Glenna Gordon, "What’s Going On? 1969-1974" by Ken Light, and "The Family Imprint" by Nancy Borowick.
This 120 page book due to be published in late 2017 and expected to ship early 2018.
Growing Up in the Gaza Strip was first published in the New York Times Sunday Review and subsequently run in
Press for this book appears in
- National Geographic
- Guardian UK
- Vanity Fair Italy
- Gulf Photo Plus
- Baraka Bits
- The National
- Yahoo! News
This work also received awards with
- HM Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award
- Prix Bayeux Calvados Young Reporter Nomination
- Shortlist ANI Prix Palace award
- 2013 Photocrati Grant
More press at www.gazagirlsbook.com
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About the photographer
Monique Jaques is a photojournalist based in Istanbul, Turkey. She has spent the past six years focused on documenting issues in the Middle East as well as Afghanistan and India. She holds a BFA from New York University.
She was nominated for the Prix Bayeux- Calvados ‘Young Reporter’ award for 'Growing Up in the Gaza Strip' and was also placed on the ’30 Under 30 Female Photographers’ list from Photoboite. Her project ‘Growing Up on The Gaza Strip’ was first published in the New York Times. She was also shortlisted for the 2013 Photocrati Grant. In 2012 she was selected as one of the recipients of the PROOF Award for the Emerging Photojournalist for her work in Post-War Libya and featured in the Bursa Photography Festival. She was also featured in the Ian Parry Scholarship show in 2009 and received an Honorable Mention for the 2008 New York Photo Awards.
Her work has been published by The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, TIME Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Economist among others.
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