Measuring inequality
قياس عدم المساواة

A measuring cup demonstrating the unequal division of water between the West Bank and 1948 lands*

This measuring cup demonstrates the unequal division of water enforced by Israel across Palestine. Filled to the top line (500 ml), it represents the 300 litres that Israelis consume per day on average. If you fill it to the middle line (167 ml), it represents the amount of water recommended by the World Health Organization per person per day. Filled only to the bottom line (117 ml), you see the average amount of water Israel allows for Palestinians in the West Bank.

The cup lacks traditional measurement values, reflecting the fact that many Palestinians must constantly calculate the amount of water they have remaining because rooftop water tanks are refilled irregularly. Navigating this water apartheid, Palestinians have to think: “If I take a shower now, and do the dishes, can I still wash my clothes as well?”

*1948 lands stands for the lands occupied by the Zionist regime in 1948; commonly referred to as Israel, these lands today are under its control.


  • Mirte Van Duppen (NL)

    Mirte van Duppen is a Dutch designer, researcher and visual artist. She studied Graphic Design at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem (BA Design) and graduated from the Design Department, alias Think Tank for Visual Strategies, of the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam (MA Design). In her work she analyses the function, interrelations and transformative powers of urban landscapes and the human interaction with these landscapes. With her intuitive and at the same time really precise way of documenting she shows, reveals and evokes something from the viewer. Through direct interaction with these landscapes, and their underlying (un)-written rules, functions, history, and their users, she explores the terrain between fieldwork and storytelling.

  • Helen Underhill
  • Glass

    26 x Ø 6 cm