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Terra Cognita - Urban Jungle
2012

Terra Cognita - Urban Jungle

Anastasia Taylor-Lind

Anastasia Taylor-Lind

It is ironic that a people who are confined themselves should confine and exhibit animals. The residents of Gaza are conscious of this irony. A zoo is a small prison, they say, and Gaza is a big zoo. Still, they do not identify with the animals, which have to do without names, and are often treated heartlessly. There are several zoos in Gaza, but they are all money-losing propositions. The only one who makes money on the zoos is the animal trader and smuggler Abu Nadal-Khalid, who for a substantial sum can get you any animal you want.

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    Mahmod Berghote stands with one of Marah Zoo's world famous painted donkeys. The zoo’s two white donkeys caused an international media frenzy when Mahmod and his brother first spent three days painting stripes onto them using black hair dye. Unable to find an animal trader to bring a real zebra through the tunnels from Egypt, the Bargote family decided to make a fake pair using white donkeys. The story was reported all over the world as a feel good news piece and often used as an example of the Palestinian peoples resourcefulness during the siege of Gaza. Gaza City.

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    Animal-trader Abu Nadal holds a gazelle that he has smuggled through the tunnels from Egypt, at the shed in Rafah where he keeps his animals before they are sold on to zoos in Gaza.

Biography

The Swedish/British Anastasia Taylor-Lind (Great Britain, 1981) is a photojournalist connected with the VII Photo Agency, with a special interest in the Middle East. Her work has been shown in the Saatchi Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery in London. In 2010 she received the FNAC Grant for Photojournalism. Among her other achievements has been a Canon Young Photographers Award.

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Terra Cognita

Terra Cognita

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