Khaled Jarrar

Khaled Jarrar was born in Jenin, Palestine. He completed his studies in interior design at the Palestine Polytechnic University in 1996 and then entered the world of photography in 2004. He started working on art in 2007 when he held his first exhibition At the Checkpoint, which received widespread attention because of the controversial yet creative manner in which he exhibited his photographs, placing the photos in full view of the Israeli soldiers at Howarra and Qalandia checkpoints. He also works with video, painting and performance and he exhibited his works locally and internationally. As he explains, about his work: “A good collaboration is like going on a long journey without a map, never knowing quite where you will end up”.

I. Soldier

A collective harmony is an important concept in the army. The system is putting group identity above the identity of the individual. Consequently there is only little room left for developing individuality, the training are organized around to make the soldier work together collectively and to put aside own interests on behalf of the group. Later, these principles are applied to the workplace, where the group might be defined by a specific unit so every one well be committed for unit which represents the collectiveness. The atmosphere of collectivism is very strong there. So it is very difficult to get out of that system. It is very, very difficult to be free from the atmosphere of collectivism.


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