San Francisco photojournalist Najib Joe Hakim’s Born among Mirrors
project began as an exploration of war-ravaged Lebanon. Through a combination of coincidence and personal tragedy, it became a journey through Hakim’s own family history from refugees out of Palestine to thriving American citizens. The recent discovery of B&W photos taken by his father Elias in 1956 beautifully document the young family's emigration from Lebanon to the US. The younger Hakim’s 2006 color photos explore Lebanon upon his return to the country a half century later after its latest war with Israel. The exhibition juxtaposes these photographs with historically important family memorabilia providing insights into one Palestinian family’s successful survival through arguably the most intractable conflict of the last 100 years. Each set of images is an exploration of a people determined to survive. Co-sponsored by the Arab Cultural and Community Center and Arab Heritage SF.