My Grandmother, The Jewish Palestinian Zionist Zabar.

Shir Zilberstein

“One can contain multiple identities. So many can exist in one. Several truths stand in parallel. If human beings are born pure, with no distinction between hatred and love, how can the human race be so mistaken? What scale is used to choose the division of right and wrong? How can human beings act against the existence of another's identity and life? It is never too late to call for peace. It is never too late for purification.” - Zhir Zilberstein

The photographic series MY GRANDMOTHER, THE JEWISH PALESTINIAN ZIONIST ZABAR. is about a journey, about the desire to be a white flag. Based on the analysis of olive trees and the sabra (Zabar) plant as symbols of antiquity and present times in the context of ethnic connection, complex identity, trauma and peace, it discusses personal connection, family history, and the endless search for identity.

Shir Zilberstein

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

Hopefully alive and happy, engaged in something good for my delicate soul.

What is a good design for you?

One that make sense to me.

What was the most challenging experience during your studies?

Listen to my intuitions.

Who or what inspires you?

Work that have thought and depth in it.

How do you approach a new project?

With no expectations.

What advice would you give to students who just started studying in your programme?

Be true to yourself and stand behind your work, proudly.

Have you changed during your studies? How?

I have changed, I can say, now I know better who am I. I have no fear to show myself and my work, as is.

Why did you choose to study in your programme?

Photography is my passion, I find in it a place for self-expression.

What are you not going to miss in your studies?


How are you going to celebrate your graduation?


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Hariharan Anpalagan