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Happy Purim
Estelle Hanania
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Monograph of Paris-based photographer Estelle Hanania's work published by Shelter Press.

From Shelter Press:

"Happy Purim gathers 42 images documenting 3 years of photographs taken between 2011 and 2014 during the Purim holiday in the neighbourhood of Stamford Hill, London.
Kids wearing home made costums incarnating a wide range of human vernacular history and reality (from the pizza to the clown). Standing in the street they are revealing some cultural fantasies as well as the familiar invisible backgrounds of their neighborhood: a simple tree, a part of a brick wall, a locked door or a pavement."

"To quote french rabbi Delphine Horvilleur, who signs a text at the end of the book : « Purim has the reputation of being a holiday for children. It is children, besides, that constitute the very matter of these photos even if the truth, in my opinion, is that Purim is an adult holiday. Children, in a way, act like a veil, like the “masks” – in all senses of the word – disguising the holiday, making it up in order to hide the complex questions it raises. The fundamental issue of Purim is the question of appearance and of internal reality. On this day, we read a text called the Megillah of Esther, whose content should practically be censured for underage persons. »"

68 pages
first edition of 700 copies
perfect bound / clothbound hardcover
Text by David Ivar (English)
Interview with Delphine Horvilleur (French + English)