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Online Artist Talk: Najib Joe Hakim
Thursday, June 3, 2:00-3:00pm
Free for members, $10 for non-members
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Please join us for this special talk with photographer Najib Joe Hakim as he speaks about how the personal is inseparable from the political for him. Hakim will show how he incorporates that into his art by sharing his Palestine trilogy of projects: Born among Mirrors, Home Away from Home: Little Palestine by the Bay, and Palestine Diary. He will also mention other group projects he’s been involved with.

Najib Joe Hakim’s love of photography was congenital. How else would you explain photographing his family and GI Joes at five years old? After running into Ansel Adams (literally!) in Washington, DC many, many years ago, he caught the nature photo bug.

Like many good boys from the suburbs, Hakim entered college, took one photo class and was off to National Geographic with a portfolio but without an appointment. Alas, he never got past the burly receptionist with long painted fingernails. That encounter set his photo career back 15 years. Fortunately, he found his way back to photography in 1990 when, just days after being laid-off from a tech job, a course catalog from City College of San Francisco arrived in mail. He flipped through it and landed on the photo classes section. Since then he’s made a career of it – (i.e., “the rest is history!”) – working as a documentary photographer, a photojournalist and a photography instructor at the Harvey Milk Photo Center. Beginning in 2009 his efforts as a visual artist have steadily gained momentum and recognition resulting in a long list of solo and group exhibitions from California to Europe. National Geographic missed their chance.

Most recently, he is the recipient of the 2020 Rebuilding Alliance Storytellers Award for his projects Home Away from Home: Little Palestine by the Bay, Born Among Mirrors and video Cooking Lessons: A Palestinian American Story. In 2019 he was a Political Art Fellow at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. He is also a past nominee for the US Artist Fellowship and an active member of the Network of Photographers for Palestine. To see more of Hakim’s work, please visit his website >
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