May 24, 2018

Children at the PLO Lions Cubs in the Ain el-Helweh refugee camp near Sidon, South Lebanon, learn a traditional Arab dance

Children at the PLO Lions Cubs in the Ain el-Helweh refugee camp near Sidon, South Lebanon, learn a traditional Arab dance

1989 (printed c. 2013-2014)

Samer Mohdad

(Lebanese, b. 1964)

Gelatin silver print

40 x 60 cm (15 3/4 x 23 5/8 in.)

Purchased with funds donated by Naomi G. and Edwin Z. Singer 2017.114

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Mohdad’s series about children living through the Lebanese civil war in the late 1980s and early 1990s carried deep personal meaning for him. Eight years old when civil war broke out in 1973, he recalled “bombs, exile, fighting, and the death of close friends and acquaintances.” He turned to photography “to express my fears and worries. It was a sort of therapy.”

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