Tanya Habjouqa, award winning photographer, artist and educator based in East Jerusalem, in conversation with Maya Benton, international photography curator based in NYC.
Born in Jordan and educated in the United States, Tanya Habjouqa resides in East Jerusalem and is a member of NOOR. A photographer, artist, and educator—her work stems from long-term investments and collaborative methodology, blending ethnographic research and investigative reportage. Examining details of conflict in the Middle East, Habjouqa addresses the presentation of these conversations by western media outlets.
In recent years, her projects have been commended by the likes of TIME, Smithsonian and World Press Photo. Habjouqa is known for producing sensitive work underscored by the absurd.
She is a mentor for the Magnum Foundation initiative, “Arab Photography Documentary Program” and teaches workshops internationally. She is trained in journalism and anthropology with an MA in Global Media with emphasis on Middle East Politics from University of London SOAS. Her work has been exhibited worldwide and is in the permanent collections of the MFA Boston, Institut du Monde Arab, and the Carnegie Museum of Art. She is represented by East Wing and Ilex galleries.
Maya Benton is a museum curator, art historian, and art critic based in New York City. She has organized numerous international traveling exhibitions, lectures widely, and is a frequent contributor to magazines and museum catalogs where she writes about photography, museums, and material culture.
Maya has held positions in museums for twenty-five years, including The Getty Museum, The RISD Museum, The Harvard University Art Museums, the Jewish Museum of Florence, Italy, and the Jewish Museum of Venice, Italy. From 2008 to 2019, Maya was a curator at the International Center of Photography in New York, where she established a major archive and organized the most widely traveling exhibitions in ICP’s history.
Maya recently organized an exhibition of photographer and filmmaker Gillian Laub’s contemporary images of racial segregation in the American South, Southern Rites, that will travel through 2024. She is the founder and director of the Jews and Photography Initiative, a non-profit collaborative of more than two hundred international curators, archivists, interdisciplinary academics and critics who are interrogating the unique contribution of Jews to the history of the medium of photography.
She is a graduate of Brown University, Harvard University, the University of Florence, Italy, and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.