State of Palestine
دولة فلسطين

Ceramic refrigerator magnet

Government documents serve the explicit correlation of identity and affiliation. Palestinian artist Khaled Jarrar uses these attributes as samples for alternative models of identity and anticipates the existence of a state of Palestine, which until now is a mere utopian idea. The artist decided to declare the existence of a non-existent state and created a stamp with which he marks the passports of travellers and pedestrians.

The stamp depicts the Palestine sunbird and a jasmine flower. It tells the story of a state-to-be, instead of looping discussions about a one-state or a two-state ‘solution’.

Jarrar made these refrigerator magnets with the State of Palestine stamp design from his ongoing project especially for Disarming design from Palestine. They are produced in Khaled Fakhouri’s pottery factory in Al-Khalil–Hebron.

  • Khaled Jarrar (PS)

    With photographs, videos, installations, films, and performative interventions focused on his native Palestine, multidisciplinary artist Khaled Jarrar explores the sociocultural impact of modern-day power struggles on ordinary citizens. The everyday subjects of Jarrar’s reflective work are contextualised in ways that draw attention to the severity of the issues he examines, giving the political content of his art greater significance while underscoring the autobiographical nature of his chosen themes. Born in Jenin in 1976, Khaled Jarrar lives and works in Ramallah, Palestine. Jarrar completed his education in Interior Design at the Palestine Polytechnic University in 1996 and later graduated from the International Academy of Art Palestine with a Bachelor in Visual Arts degree in 2011. The following year, his documentary The Infiltrators (2012) won several accolades at the 9th Annual Dubai International Film Festival, and confirmed his importance in global cinema.

  • Khaled Fakhoury (PS)

    Fakhoury Pottery and Karakashian Pottery in Hebron and Jerusalem respectively supply our beautiful handpainted Palestinian ceramics. The Fakhoury’s come from a long line of potters and, in fact, the name Fakhoury even means “potter” in Arabic. Their shop is located in the old city of Hebron where Israeli soldiers and settlers routinely physically and verbally harass Palestinians. Despite the difficulties, the family is determined to keep their store open and their craft alive. The Karakashian studio in Jerusalem continues the family tradition that began in 1922 when Megerditch Karakashian came to Jerusalem to help renovate the Dome of the Rock. All the motifs are traditional designs – birds, peacocks, gazelles, fish and various floral patterns. Each piece is hand painted with a hand made brush.

  • 2016

    hand-painted ceramics

    Ø 7 cm