Katamonim is a Jewish neighbourhood in southwest Jerusalem, consisting of eight areas and a population of 23,800 inhabitants. The name “Katamon” is derived from the Greek "by the monastery", but other versions say that the word came from the arabic word “Katma”. After the war of independence (1948) the Arabs left the area and new housing units were built for jewish immigrants, especially coming from North Africa, who arrived during the early years of the State of Israel (in the 1950’s). In the neighborhood, public housing companies built two-floors buildings. Until today, a large number of apartments are still owned by the housing companies, and serve mostly a weak socioeconomic population, including many immigrants from Ethiopia and the former Soviet Union. In this four-month project, the photographer, Gabriela Gleizer wandered through the streets of the neighborhood while investigating its social and urban characteristics. She wanted to learn more about this neighborhood, its history, and its residents, who often are disadvantaged people or immigrants, and who find it difficult to be integrated in the local population.
Gabriela Gleizer, a recent graduate from the Photography Department of Bezalel Academy of Art and Design (BFA), Jerusalem. She is interested in documentary photography and social and cultural issues. She sees the city where she lives in, Jerusalem, as an ideal place to explore the social, cultural and political aspects, in addition to the historical background of the city, and finds great interest in wandering in the streets and neighborhoods, meeting people and trying to understand and deepen the complexity that characterizes the city.instagram.com/gabrielagleizer