الهلال غير الخصيب

Infertile Crescent

Nadia Bseiso

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Since the beginning of the 19th century, the Middle East witnessed crucial geopolitical changes that transformed the region for a century to come. It slipped away from the fists of the Ottoman Empire, only to fall in the hands of British-French colonialism. Earning its independence years later, it was reconstructed, mapped, and divided into small statelets which currently form the new, contemporary, Middle East.

Infertile Crescent describes the reality of what was once called the cradle of civilization, once considered "fertile," the crescent is now burning in turmoil. Jordan seems to be the only country that remains relatively stable, receiving refugees from its neighbors. As the Syrian crisis enters its 7th year, Jordan reaches a staggering second place in water scarcity, shedding light on the controversial Red-Dead Sea Conveyance, or the Two Seas Canal, being built between Jordan, Israel, and Palestine. The 180 km pipeline, carrying water from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea, is set to operate in 2020. The project is said to provide much needed water and save the shrinking Dead Sea. Ecological concerns of disruption in the Dead Sea's natural ecosystem echoes voices of a new era, where a vast regional economic project is openly implemented with Israel.

Infertile Crescent explores the route of the pipeline – along sites of the Dead Sea’s ancient legends, where farmers dance around sinkholes of thistle and oases of potash, and along the valley of peace and a desert yearning to meet the sea. This is an old wives tale, on the construction of a pipeline, where a geologist and a village idiot agree: The next war will be a water war.

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Inside the mountains that hold the castle of Machaerus, thermal water escapes from the earth through the ancient port of Herod to cool down in the Dead Sea, 2017.

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Salome’s cries for redemption could not undo the beheading of John the Baptist, nor curse the bride. Lights out, wedding is on. Jordan Valley, 2016.

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Road to the Dead Sea, Jordan, 2015.

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Jordan Valley, 2017.

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Jordan Valley, 2017.

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Baptism site, Jordan River, 2015.

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Hot Springs, Jordan, 2017.

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Jordan Valley, 2017.

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Hot springs, Jordan, 2017.

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Jordan Valley, 2016.

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Two men just before a greeting, road to Wadi Araba, 2017.

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Jordan Valley, 2016.

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Jordan Valley, 2016.

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Jordan Valley, 2017.

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Fog, Madaba, Jordan, 2016.

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Hot spring, 2016.

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Jordan Valley, 2016.

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Nadia Bseiso

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Nadia Bseiso is a Jordanian documentary photographer based in Amman. She completed a degree in photography from Florence, Italy in 2011, returning for a residency in Fondazione Fotografia in Modena, in 2015. She concentrates on long term projects, based on personal research in geopolitics, history, anthropology and environmental degradation. Selected as Time - Light Box female photographers to follow from around the world, March 2017. She was exhibited in both Jordan and Italy.

www.nadiabseiso.org