“When you’re a young girl in Gaza, your existence is defined by its boundaries — literal and metaphorical, defined by both regional and cultural politics”
Photojournalist Monique Jaques first traveled to Gaza to cover an eight day war between Israeli Defense Forces and Hamas. Driven to document the strength, creativity and vibrancy of Palestinian girls and young women she continued to return to the area over and over again. The result is a moving portrait of young women coming of age in an area defined by conflict. As Jaques explains, when you’re a young girl in Gaza, your existence is defined by its boundaries — literal and metaphorical, defined by both regional and cultural politics:
Text by Monique Jaques
You speak about similarities as something key. What were some of the similarities that you discovered during this project?
Monique’s work was kindly suggested by Daniella Zalcman, photojournalist and founder of WomenPhotograph
Gaza Girls has been published as a photobook by Photoevidence. The book is available on Monique’s website: www.moniquejaques.com/book/
Twitter: @moniquejaques #GazaGirlsBook