Sary Zananiri

Pines, Panoramas and Palestine: Three Proposals for Reading the Past

PhD candidate

  • Sary Zananiri

This doctoral project examines lineages of imaging in Palestine, and more specifically in Jerusalem, to explore the underpinnings of the effacement of Palestinian narrative. Working within these dominant imaging modes, which range from photography and painting to film and literature, the Palestinian landscape is reconfigured to unpack and reconstitute the political and religious narratives articulated within it.

In After Piglhein collapses Hollywood biblical epics of the 1950s and 60s into the landscape of Bruno Piglhein’s 19th century Panorama of Jerusalem on the Day of the Crucifixion. Pine Study II: Wattle & Pine, NE Victoria unsettles the Jewish National Fund’s language of memorial forests, exploring pine plantations in Australia, and creating a bleed between the colonial processes at play both in Victoria and in the Middle East. The Jerusalem Stills series layers images from the 1850s to 1948 from the Palestine Exploration Fund photographic archive in London, re-animating the city’s Palestinian narratives.