Metaphoric reflection through a symbolic camera

I have chosen to make the symbolic camera that represents that project as a "Tent". Inspired by the Nomad's tent or what they cal "nest". They do it themselves, handmade, it is always open just like their generous hearts.

I have chose to make its mini open curtains from the fabric they use for their dresses. they are actually pieces of a precious dress I was gifted by Hajja Ghazal when I visited them. 

On the other side of the tent, there was the wall with Ali Zaraay's picture holding a camera, to see through the tent you should remove the camera. This symbolizes my relation to the nomads, I am very interested and invested in this project - but I see them through Ali's photography, stories and passion. I believed in the importance of the work he does in visual anthropology and decided to hop into the wagon and take this work an extra mile to the public in a visually interesting film and web documentary. 

If you look through this tent inside you will find pictures that Ali took (of things you can find inside their tents like food, people sitting inside, etc. and I attempted to give them a dimension

IOn the side wall of the symbolic camera tent there is the picture of Haj Hani and his wife who are the main characters in Ali's project and key figuers in the possiblity of the research. They are featured in the film and were kind enough to host me. You can open their picture to see a picture of Ali with the entire family - and I photoshopped the newest baby (who was 2 months old when we went) the way their studios photoshop their pictures.

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