The illegal Israeli occupation marks the Palestinian landscape not only in space; it distorts and makes time unpredictable. A trip from one city to another can easily double or triple, and you may get stuck depending on your papers, the traffic, or just the mood of the border guard.
PALESTIME is a dysfunctional hourglass. One time is set and predictable; the other is random and slow. It stands for the stolen time lost in the daily routine of travelling between cities, hampered by checkpoints, settlements and administrative chaos.
The hourglass is handmade in Jaba, a Palestinian town located 10 km northeast of Jerusalem in the central West Bank. Here, the Twan family preserves the legacy of the region’s unique glass industry. With extensive research, they developed a special metal piece that provides the predictable and unpredictable movement of sand, engraved with ‘PALESTIME’.
Design development: Jessica Azizeh
Material: Glass, metal, local sea sand
Size: 25 x 7cm