Sary Zananiri is a cultural historian. He completed a PhD in Fine Arts at Monash University in 2014. His research interests sit at the intersection of religious narrative, nationalism and colonial encounters, with a particular focus on photography and visual culture.
He has co-edited two volumes Imaging and Imagining Palestine: Photography, Modernity and the Biblical Lens (Brill, 2021) and European Cultural Diplomacy and Arab Christians in Palestine: Between Contention and Connection (Palgrave McMillan, 2021). Recent publications include “Indigeneity, Transgression and the Body: Orientalism and Biblification in the Popular Imaging of Palestinians” with the Journal of Intercultural Studies and “City of Peace, City of Conflict: The Politics of Jerusalem in Popular Culture” For the Record, Het Nieuwe Instituut. He is currently researching Palestinian iconography and souvenir production and the ways in which Palestinian artists and artisans addressed Europeans through religious and devotional goods.
Zananiri has also curated a number of recent photographic exhibitions at the Rijksmuseum Oudheden (May-October 2020), Der Haus Der Kunst der Welt for ALMS, Berlin (June 2019) and the Mawjoudin Queer Film Festival, Tunis (postponed due to Covid). Additionally, he has been a curatorial advisor for the Palestinian Museum, Birzeit.
He is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher on the NWO funded project CrossRoads: European Cultural Diplomacy and Arab Christians in Palestine 1918-1948 and the Dutch Institute for the Near East (NINO) at Leiden University.