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Samara

These portraits were specially created during Tel Aviv illustration week in collaboration with Abraham hostel.

A glimpse into the lives of four 'Abraham hostel' employees; three refugees and one immigrant, who share their story of arriving to Israel and their experiences of living here. Their stories are embodied in portraits that are based on the interviews we had with them. the goal of this project is to allow the refugees, even if for a brief moment, to feel like "superstars",  while they expose the tough journey they took and continue to endure in their daily life.

 

Samara

Age: 28

Place of birth: Eritrea

Place of residency: Tel aviv 
 

Left Eritrea at 17, after he couldn't get an exemption from the mandatory military service. 

He described the Israel border as "covered with nails". 

He had to sleep in the streets for 2 days.

Then he found his way into an apartment in TelAviv, where he slept on the floor with 5 or 6 more people. 

New friends he met in Tel Aviv and  israeli Volunteers helped him find his first flat in bat yam and directed him towards hebrew studies. got to also learn a little russian when he worked in a retirement home. 

He met millie, his wife, in israel when they both worked together. they live with their 2 sons, 

He prefers to prefer to give up leisure in favor of work, so there's money for the family. 

They buy groceries in ha'tikva market and cook eritrean food at home. once every few months he gets a fresh lamb from a butcher, from an arab village he travels to . once a year he re-paints their apartment.

 Feels like the state of israel won't make a definite  decision regarding the asylum seekers, on the one hand not willing to accept them fully and on the other also not ready to deport. 

it is strange to him that some of the israelis don't regard him as a person, although he witnesses it mostly on social media, less in his day-to-day life.

 

limited edition 1/20. Each poster is signed by hand.

Digital print  (300g/m2).

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