In the wake of the devastating 2010 earthquake, there were hundreds of thousands of Haitians who lived as refugees in their own country in encampments - makeshift housing with no access to clean running water. Violence, disproportionately against women, was often rampant in these encampments, as security was virtually non-existent. Many encampments faced daily threats of forced eviction. In partnership with Haitian-led housing rights coalition FRAKKA (The Force for Reflection and Action on Housing), and the Under Tents campaign, the Self-Portrait Project set up in many of these encampments to allow residents to tell their own visual stories, and later leveraged these images in advocacy campaigns to pressure the Haitian government and the international community at large to take meaningful action around the housing crisis, partnering with Amnesty International and documentary filmmaker Jon Bougher to bring the images to Capitol Hill and to a number of universities around the U.S.
With Palestine so often in the news as a place of conflict, SPP was curious about the quotidian details of Palestinian life beyond the violence and uncertainty. Deeply sympathetic to the humanitarian toll of the occupation, they were eager to explore other dimensions to everyday life as well. SPP conducted 17 shoots with 3K resulting photos of 100+ people. The project travelled to Ramallah, Jenin, Nablus, Susya, Hebron, Bethlehem and Jerusalem, setting up for dancers, after school girls' clubs, nightclub revelers, street life, villagers on the border of the Negev, university students, and farmers from the largest fair-trade agricultural collective in Palestine - Canaan Fair Trade.