Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

Reviewed: Steve Sabella – Photography 1997-2014

Electronic Intifada, 2nd November 2015 Some of the most viscerally disturbing pictures in the book are to be found in the 2006 sequence titled “Exit.” This is made up of … Continue reading

December 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

New review: ‘Garden State’ at the Mosaic Rooms

Electronic Intifada, 28 May 2015 But the images also have a larger narrative; the Carmel forest — insofar as any landscape in an inhabited region is “natural” — is not … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

New article: Dor Guez at The Mosaic Rooms reviewed

Electronic Intifada, 18th April 2013 “We are a minority within a minority,” says one of the speakers in Watermelons about Christians in the Middle East. “Nobody would think twice if … Continue reading

April 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

New article: London’s P21 gallery and the ‘Refractions’ show

Electronic Intifada, 5th February 2013 Even more shocking, perhaps, is [Laila Shawa‘s] video work “Gaza Fashion Week,” which shows a woman clad in a jilbab (a loose-fit coat) and headscarf … Continue reading

February 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Knot: Persian carpets in images by Jalal Sepehr

I have nothing useful to say about these images by Iranian photographer Jalal Sepehr: solely that I am posting them for the sheer joy of their beauty and so that … Continue reading

January 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Seeing the Alhambra

The Alhambra (al-Qasr al-Hamra) in Granada is one of the most stunning buildings in the world. Its late-Islamic Andalucian decorations are breathtaking in their intricacy and delicacy, and the newly-renovated … Continue reading

January 10, 2013 · 1 Comment

New article: British Mandate in Palestine – upcoming exhibition at the Brunei Gallery

Electronic Intifada, 21st May 2012: The project drew on testimonies from various people who had memories of the British Mandate period. Among the stories of arrests, house demolitions and hangings … Continue reading

May 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Photos, 1948

When you’re looking for one thing, often you find something else, equally interesting and distressingly diverting. Today, I came across two examples of the work of John Phillips, the photojournalist … Continue reading

December 20, 2011 · Leave a comment

Right To Education week at Edinburgh Uni

Right To Education is a project of Bir Zeit University, just outside Ramallah in the West Bank. It: seeks to raise international awareness about the obstruction and denial of education … Continue reading

November 10, 2011 · Leave a comment

Moss Side open day photos

For various reasons I’ve been distinctly ambivalent about returning home to Manchester in the coming weeks. But this set of wonderful images from Hannah Beatrice, reporting the ‘Open Yardens‘ event … Continue reading

August 19, 2011 · 1 Comment

'Sound of Silence', Mori Gallery

As if spending most of my waking hours on Palestine-related work at the moment isn’t depressing enough, this evening’s cheerful little jaunt took me to the opening of an exhibition … Continue reading

June 2, 2011 · Leave a comment

Palestine through different lenses

Today, I have researched, downloaded and examined so many bloody photographs for exhibition that I am starting to loath the upcoming Hebron-Leichhardt festival more than I can express. Nevertheless, these … Continue reading

May 30, 2011 · 2 Comments

Research remnants – a few articles

With the research for the new Bradt Guide to Palestine done and dusted, there are a few articles which I came across doing background research that I found especially interesting, … Continue reading

March 31, 2011 · Leave a comment

Palestine's women photojournalists

The joys of Twitter… thanks to photographer Lucas Mulder (who has done some wonderful work on the settler-besieged West Bank village of Yanoun), I came across this marvellous blog post … Continue reading

January 8, 2011 · 1 Comment