Book Launch: The Land That Remains: Photographs from Palestine by Federico Busonero

Thu, October 6, 2016 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Alwan for the Arts presents:

Authors Federico Busonero and Giovanni Fontana Antonelli will discuss The Land That Remains. The book is a photographic journey through occupied Palestine, a "meditation on a region of unbearable beauty and pain".

Suggested Contribution: $10 General Admission | $5 Students & Seniors

Doors open at 6:30pm

“The Palestine I visited remained elusive, transfixed in the stillness of its own time. I felt almost like an intruder as I approached the contradictory present topography and demanding past contained within: places of great weight and history, places of many recorded and unrecorded memories, places resonant with human suffering and dignity.“

Federico Busonero

(Excerpt from the book THE LAND THAT REMAINS)

Originally commissioned by UNESCO, Federico Busonero made three extensive photographic journeys throughout the West Bank of the occupied Palestinian territory in 2008 and 2009. Using a traditional camera and unmistakably, his heart, he created pictures that depict culturally important, rarely seen places in the topography of the Mashreq – villages and cities with extraordinary heritage, pastoral rolling hills and ancient olive groves, fertile wadi ecologies, sacred desert cemeteries, and vanishing millennial archaeological sites.

A critical, yet neutral gaze, sheds light on the impending loss of Palestine’s cultural legacy with images of today’s broken history being occupied and forcefully erased by another’s reality, reflecting visions of hopes sacrificed in the land that remains.

About the authors:

Federico Busonero is an Italian photographer. His work is held in public and private collections and is published and exhibited internationally. The exhibition The Land That Remains was shown at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris (2010), at the French-German Cultural Centre in Ramallah and the French Cultural Centres in Jerusalem, Gaza, Hebron, Nablus, (2011/2012). Busonero is the author of several writings and publications, among others, The Chapel of St. Ignatius, Visione e Interrogazione. Un Dialogo tra Poesia e Fotografia, Sant'Antimo and Foresta. To read more about the author and to see his photographs, please visit the

Giovanni Fontana Antonelli is a trained architect, urban designer and regional planner, who spent fifteen years with UNESCO as an architect and culture program specialist. Between 2003-2013, he served as UNESCO's Head of Culture Unit in Ramallah, where he led efforts to protect Palestinian cultural identity as well as the land and livelihoods of local communities through projects focused on historic preservation and museum development. Over the course of his professional career, his work has earned international recognition, winning the Gubbio Prize (1996), the UNESCO Team Award (2009) and the Melina Mercouri International Prize (2011) for safeguaring cultural landscapes. In 2013, Antonelli, together witih Rashid Abdelhamid was nominated for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Currently, he is the CEO and "Just Cities' Program Director at ARCHI.MEDIA TRUST, a non-profit development and humanitarian agency focused on human settlements, cultural development, social justice and human rights.

Signed copies of the book will be for sale.
Price: $70.00

79 color photographs
176 pages
Photographs: Federico Busonero
Photo editors: Anne Sanciaud-Azanza, Federico Busonero
Texts include:
The Solitude of the Gods - Anne Sanciaud-Azanza
The Fourth Landscape – Giovanni Fontana Antonelli
The Land That Remains – Federico Busonero
Book design, editor, pre press: Brooks Walker
Publisher: Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern, Germany
Publication date: April 2016
First English edition

Last updated: 2016-09-28 11:11:27

Book Cover
Book Cover
Trailer, south of Taybeh © Federico Busonero
Trailer, south of Taybeh © Federico Busonero
Raba © Federico Busonero
Raba © Federico Busonero
Federico Busonero
Federico Busonero
Giovanni Fontana Antonelli
Giovanni Fontana Antonelli

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