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Laura Junka (Finland)
Happy In Gaza
Laura Junka, Women's Party

Is it possible to relax and have fun in Gaza? And how do the occupation and war condition these possibilities? Laura Junka builds an alternative image of the Palestinians by tracing the ways in which people in Gaza, despite the conditions of siege and misery, try to make the best of a summer holiday under occupation. For instance, she went camping with the Abdoullah family, who thanks to a cease fire can go swimming in the sea for the first time in three years. Happy In Gaza is a protest against the militant image of the Palestinian. Junka portrays the Palestinian search for joy and normalcy as an act of resistance against the violence that has become part of everyday life in the Gaza Strip.

Laura Junka (b. 1978) was born in Finland. She studied photography in Helsinki and Jerusalem, and international political theory at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, and is currently working as a freelance photographer and journalist based in the UK. Her work includes photographs for the book 'Occupied voices: stories of everyday life from the second intifadah'.