While the media have depicted the Middle East as steeped in violence since last month’s decision by US President Donald Trump recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a temporary exhibit of 60 black-and-white antique photos of the Holy City and the Levant at Jordan’s National Gallery of Fine Arts in Amman documents that people of various faiths and nationalities shared the region in peace until European colonial powers stirred up the hornets’ nest a century ago. The implication? Hope still exists that the people of the Middle East will again live in harmony and co-existence.
Called “Remembrance: A Dialogue with the Past,” the exhibition is a collaboration between the JNGFA and the Palestine International Institute. Inaugurated on November 22 by Princess Wijdan Ali al-Hashemi, the founder of Jordan’s Royal Society of Fine Arts, the exhibition was recently extended until the end of January.