God williNG

 אינשאללה / so gott will / inşallah / انشاالله
"if god wills" or "god willing" is an expression of humbleness and devotion reflecting the belief that the metaphysical may always surpass all human will. used by Jews, Muslims and Christians it illustrates the historical connection between these three religions, albeit their differential ideological development.
 
this series tries to highlight said differences by taking a closer look at how religion is exercised in various places of worship, while not only looking at religion itself, but rather asking ourselves the question what it means to be united in faith and united in fatalism.
 

01

אינשאללה

 
keeping an eye out
Tel Aviv - Jaffa, 2015
 
 
no cars on Shabbat
Jerusalem, 2015
 
 
 
Torah lessons and prayers at the Western Wall: some pupils seem to be bored, some of them to be in deep thoughts. however, noone is disrupting the awed atmosphere.
Jerusalem, 2015
father and son at Souq Al Qattanin
Jerusalem, 2015
 
 
 

02

SO GOTT WILL

 

nobody speaks. Care is taken to leave enough space for your neighbor. a place of silent reflection.
Basiliek van Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Ten-hemelopneming, maastricht, 2018
 

nun on a tricycle
maastricht, 2018

 
force majeur
earthquake-damaged church, kos, 2017
 
 
Holy Jesus & Money
Holy Sepulcher, Jerusalem, 2017
 
 

03

inşallah

light & darkness

maranjab desert, Kashan, 2017

 
 
insights of a holy shrine near Kashan, iran. here, religion takes place in a collective frame: kids are playing catch, the elderlies are drinking cay, some are sleeping, some are praying. it's a site of social interaction.
aran va bidgol, Isfahan Province, 2017
 
 

open fields
tehran, 2017

 
prayers in the morning
süleymaniye mosque, istanbul, 2017