END AND BEGINNING - FUTURE AND HOPE
THE LAST SHIEKS OF THE NEGEV
The fascinating story of photographer Ariel Van Straten's journey into the Negev Desert to locate and photograph the "last" Bedouin sheiks of the Negev
A three year journey, hundreds of days and thousands of kilometers of wondering in the Bedouin diaspora and townships of the Negev - all gathered into a photographic exhibition to premiere at the Artist House in TLV in summer 2021.
To The Desert End
After 20 years in London developing an award-winning photographic career, Ariel returned to live in Israel in 2006 to find a very different reality for the Bedouins of the Negev.
The tremendous change in Bedouin reality from his childhood in which he spent his time among the Bedouin who migrated in the Negev desert, pushed Ariel into a photographic documentary project documenting the sheiks with the understanding that these sheiks are the last generation before the Internet generation enters their shoes.
30 lifesize portraits of the Bedouin Sheiks that represent the different tribes, clans and families and tell the cultural story of the Bedouins of the Negev.
This highly anticipated event is sponsored by EPSON and will be covered by both Israeli and international media networks. It will take place in the Artist House in TLV during the summer 2021.