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Flanneurism, Spectacle and Modernity in the Photographic Albums of Wasif Jawhariyyeh

  • Prof dr. Salim Tamari (Birzeit University)
Wednesday 16 October 2019
Open to the public!
University Library
Witte Singel 27
2311 BG Leiden
Vossius Room
Boat in transit to the Dead Sea c.1915-16 attributed to Khalil Raad, courtesy of the author and the Institute for Palestine Studies

This lecture by Prof dr. Salim Tamari (Birzeit University) will look at the life and photographic collections of the enigmatic Wasif Jawhariyyeh.

Short abstract

Wasif Jawhariyyeh recomposed his memoirs in the early 1960s, when he was in his sixties, on the basis of his notebooks, and on notes and captions inscribed into his photographic collection which goes back to the beginning of the century. A picture of Wasif taken in the late fifties shows the man on his sixtieth birthday, lying on garden lawn in a silk abbayeh near the Beirut corniche with a mixed look of boredom and nostalgia. An aging dandy and traumatized flaneur.  In our case, it so happens that Wasif and many of his associate musicians were both vagabonds and wanderers.  In this examination of patronage and the photographic image I will focus on Wasif’s obsession with the modernity of Jerusalem at turn of the century through a series of spectacles that he documented in his photographic albums.

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