Katamonim is a Jewish neighborhood in southwest Jerusalem,consisting of eight sub-neighborhoods and a population of 23,800. After the war of independence (1948) the Arabs abandoned the area and new housing units began to be built for Jewish immigrants, especially from North Africa, who arrived during the early years of the State of Israel (50’s).
In the neighborhood, two-floor buildings were built, and were publicly owned by public housing companies. Till today, a large number of apartments are still owned by the housing companies, and they serve mostly a weak social-economic population, including many immigrants from Ethiopia and the former Soviet Union.
In this four-month project, I wander through the streets of the neighborhood while investigating the social and urban character of the neighborhood, through different days and hours.
I find interest in this neighborhood and in its history, residents who sometimes belong to disadvantaged populations or immigrants who find it difficult to be integrated in the local population.