Over the past 18 months, Adam Broomberg and Rafael Gonzalez visited the Occupied Territories in Palestine and photographed local olive trees, some of which are thousand years old, like the AlBadawi tree in AlWalajeh which is 4,500 years old.
Since 1967, a total of 800,000 Palestinian olive trees (many of which are over 1000 years old) have been destroyed by Israeli authorities and settlers.
The olive tree performs the totemic role for the Palestinian identity, of culture, resistance, agrarian sovereignty and intergenerational tradition. It also symbolizes the unwavering resilience of the Palestinian people in their ongoing resistance against their living struggle under Israel’s military oppression.
The project will be published by Mack Books in April 2024 with a text by Dr. Irus Braveman.
It is an Artists + Allies x Hebron project with Issa Amro.