Tesfa To Tikva: Photography By Irene Fertik
Since the early nineties Irene
Fertik, Los Angeles Photographer and Freelancer, has been documenting
the lives of Ethiopian Jews in Israel. She is currently working
on a unique book
project entitled "From Tesfa to Tikva" - meaning from
hope (Amharic) to hope (Hebrew). Tadias staff had an opportunity
to meet with Irene as she travelled in the Bay Area to display
her photo exhibition.
"Today, Israel's nearly
85,000 Ethiopians are still in a transition period, where the
old ways are continuing to be practiced, but are making way for
the new. Both in photos and text, I am telling the story of these
early years of change and transition," Irene says describing
her more than a decade long dedication to this project.
Her talented work provides us
with a myriad of images, capturing the business and personal successes
as well as the hardship and poverty faced by young and old Ethiopians
who emigrated to Israel. We share with you snippets of her incredible
labor of love and urge all to attend her current and future exhibitions.
To learn more about Irene's work or her project on Ethiopian
Jews in Israel visit www.irenefertik.com
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