Maya Ben David // Jerusalem

Copyright Mukul Bhatia and Matter Prints Singapore.
Maya Ben David, Photographed and Interviewed by Mukul Bhatia, 2014

Born in Israel, Maya has been brought up in a left wing mindset, and her father served the army. Maya’s biggest fear as a child was to hold a gun in her hand; she always wanted to go into an art school, but at the age of 16 she chose psychology instead of art education.

All Israeli citizens are mandatorily obliged to serve the Israel Military Service for over 2 years after reaching the age of 18. At the time of her Military admission and with her psychological background, Maya convinced the committee that she was mentally challenged and unfit to join the army; thus bypassing the rule to stick to her adamant belief in peace. While her friends served the army for two years, Maya worked as a volunteer to impart art education to orphans across the country through various NGO’s.

Maya believes that art and peace are two interrelated forces, and is exactly what the modern world truly needs over more weapons and politics. She is now travelling in South East Asia with her friends. She was a survivor of the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal. She was trekking into Himalayas and was rescued by the local villagers at a very critical point. She has only grown stronger after the experience.


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