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Photo Essay Exploring Tenderness and Violence from a Levantine Perspective

Project by Polygence alum Thea

Photo Essay Exploring Tenderness and Violence from a Levantine Perspective

Project's result

Thea created a photo essay that will published in her school newspaper at the end of the school year.

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Thea's photo essay explores the tension between the tenderness expressed by women and the violence they live amidst in the Levant region. It also explores the spirit of renewal in both the regional cities/landscapes of the Middle East and women’s souls. A common theme seen throughout these photos is the generational relationships that give rise to cultural rejuvenation, as well as the responsibilities and expectations therein. The photographs her essay showcases were all taken in the Levant by women with cultural and ethnic ties to the region, expressing a woman’s perspective of the strength and sorrows women in the Levant experience.



Polygence mentor

PhD Doctor of Philosophy


Social Science, Arts, Literature, Languages


Linguistics, Translation, Arabic Language and Literature, Spanish Language and Literature, cross-cultural awareness, intercultural communication, comparative literature, European linguistics, cultural studies, humanities




Thea is a 17 year-old high school student from Los Angeles, CA.


Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences

Graduation Year


Project review

“Thank you to my mentor so much for everything! It was truly an amazing experience working with Jade and she helped me tremendously. She was always super attentive and gave great feedback in our sessions. I am so grateful for all of her help.”