People I Met is a series of images that show the lives of Palestinians in the occupied territories, captured over Miki Kratsman’s decades-long photography career working in Gaza and the West Bank. The images, which exist as cropped portraits, are isolated from their original frame and context. The faces are uploaded with just the date, location, and Kratsman’s simple question: “What happened to the people in the photographs?”
Organized by USFCAM curator at large Christian Viveros-Fauné, “People I Met” was Kratsman’s largest US exhibition to date, and continues USFCAM’s tradition of presenting challenging artwork with social content. Alongside the People I Met portrait archive, the show brought together work from Kratsman’s The Bedouin Visual Archive (2016), his Displaced series, the 2017 video titled 70 Meters...White T-shirt, and several tabletop photographic panoramas of “unrecognized” villages demolished by the Israeli government.