always affects the non-combatants.
These photos were taken while in the Jenin refugee camp
(West Bank/Palestine) during the latest Israeli incursion.
No one was allowed in or out and the streets were almost
The camp was closed and under curfew.
After going around the camp and viewing the widespread
destruction that at some point seemed unbelievable, it
was my intention to somehow translate to others how innocent
civilians can be affected by conflict and, more to the
point, how individuals in the Jenin camp were affected.
A living room is a sanctuary to the family. It
is the central room in a house
where families get
together to share the good times and bad
where children can do their school work
meet and chat
a place to gather and watch television
or listen to the radio
It's a place where families come together.
It was a reoccurring scene that I could not ignore.
These living rooms that were left in their natural state
as families fled the fighting are a reminder of wars
unnatural burden on the innocents. If the homes were not
completely destroyed and leveled, they were sheared open
like human-sized dollhouses, for all to see.
The living room as still life reflects a familiar setting
to all viewers, but in these photographs a situation not
familiar to most.
It is a portrait of an intimate setting violated by war.
- Gary Fabiano
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