About the series: Journey to Jerusalem of Africa:
Ethiopian faith radiates from two cities – Jerusalem and Lalibela. Lalibela became a holy city after the capture of Jerusalem by Muslims and since pilgrimage to the Holy Land was no longer possible, King Lalibela declared the site as New Jerusalem. Every year thousands of pilgrims make their way to the sacred city of Lalibela by air, bus or foot, to celebrate Christmas. Fascinated by their strong devotion, Gali Tibbon travelled to Ethiopia thrice. The pilgrimage, the faithful worshippers, ancient rituals and ceremonies seemed to illustrate the Old Testament – she was unable to avoid the feeling of being transported to another time, way back.
About the Photographer: Gali Tibbon, b. 1973, Israel, is an award-winning photographer based in Jerusalem. Her work explores the theme of religion, focusing on faith through pilgrimage and rituals. With over a decade of experience in the Middle East, Tibbon’s work has taken her on assignments across the globe. Gali's images are published regularly in renowned publications worldwide and exhibited in museums, galleries and photo festivals around the world.