The land of milk and honey
أرض الحليب والعسل
Beekeeper Montaser Saad used to move his hives (transhumance) three times a year, from the lower Jordan Valley in early spring, where the first flowers would bloom, later to the hillsides and finally to the Ramallah region for the summer. The bees would collect nectar throughout the seasons and each hive provided 20–25 kg of honey per year. Today, the Israeli occupation and its checkpoints make it impossible for beekeepers to move around with their hives, so they stay in one place.
During the Second Intifada, most of the roads were blocked and Montaser Saad couldn’t visit his hives for more than six months. As a result, the majority of his colonies did not survive. Since then, he has only four to five colonies left. Now, his best harvest is about 5 kg of honey per hive per year. Contradictorily, in the Land of milk and honey, honey has become a scarce delicacy.
- Rudy Luijters (NL)
Rudy J. Luijters is a Dutch artist and beekeeper living and working in Brussels and Gouvy, Belgium. His work consistently attests to a strongly analytical (phenomenological) and conceptual approach. Research into cultural signs in the broadest sense of the word is an essential part of his work and also its goal at times.
- Montaser Saad (PS)
Montaser Saad is a beekeeper with a nursery in Ramallah.
Label: Rudy Luijters (NL)
100% organic honey
12 x Ø 3 cm
Identity = health
الهوية = الصحة
Half a decade before the Covid-19 pandemic، Gaza-born artist Mohammed Musallam created a face mask based on the traditional keffiyeh textile. The conceptual artwork could be seen both as an expression of Palestinian identity and as a means of protection; caring for identity is as important as protecting health itself. It was first used in Gazan hospitals under the Israeli occupation’s siege. Impossible at that time to foresee the impact of Covid-19; this face mask shows the power of artistic imagination. The artwork did not lose any of its meaning; just the contrary.
Gaza’s potentially disastrous combination of widespread impoverishment, densely-packed refugee camps and extremely limited hospital capacity make us even more aware of the catastrophic impact of the Israeli occupation and how fragile life can be. Caring for each other is more important than ever.
Under Musallam’s supervision, the new masks were produced in Gaza City by tailor Abu Alaa Ghaben; to be worn for your safety and as an act of solidarity.
- Mohammed Musallam (PS)
Mohammed Musallam was born in Gaza in 1974 after his family had been dislocated from the historic Palestine as a consequent of the 1948 war. He holds a PhD in philosophy of Fine Arts, Painting Department, Fine Arts College, Minia University, Egypt. He currently resides in Gaza and works there as a lecturer of “Painting and the History of Palestinian Arts” at the College of Arts, Al Aqsa University. From his first steps as a university student he became greatly influenced by the abstract art processes and approaches. In his Art, he focuses on portraying a range of humanistic issues, which go beyond the limitations imposed by any prevailing time-related matters, which may be oppressive and persistent simultaneously. At the same time, he concentrates on conveying the notion of the preservation of our humaneness amid the harshness of our environment as one of the most important reasons for our existence.
- Abu Alaa Ghaben (Gaza, PS)
Carpenter living in Gaza City.
Multi layered face-mask (front side keffiyeh textile, backside white cotton) with elastic straps, washable & reusable
19 x 9 cm
€9,95 – €12,95