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Call for solidarity
نداء للتضامن Until liberation
Design for Disarming times
التصميم لأوقاتنا المجرِّدة Onomatopee publishers, 2020
Life of the Palestinian rug
ورشة البساط الفلسطيني Birzeit, September - October 2020
Masters programme Disarming design
ماجستير معهد ساندبرج Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam, 2020 — 2022
Facemask from Gaza
قناع الوجه من غزة August 2020
Hosh Jalsa
حوش جلسة Birzeit, 2018 – 2020
Marketing workshop
ورشة التسويق Birzeit, January – February 2020
Bags Prince Claus Awards
حقائب صندوق الأمير كلوز Amsterdam, 4 December 2019
Crossing Boundaries lecture
محاضرة "اجتياز الحدود" VCUQatar, Doha, 19-22 November 2019
PhD research
أبحاث الدكتوراة ARIA, Antwerp, 2019–2023
Intimate terrains
إقتراب الآفاق Birzeit, 21–29 august 2019
The real and the absent
جسور من الماضي Birzeit, June – September 2019
Young artisans market
سوق الحرفيّين الشّباب Birzeit, 2019
Reworlding Ramallah
إعادة قولبة العالم : رام الله Birzeit, January – April 2019
Thought-provoking December gifts
هدايا محفّزة للفكر في فترة الأعياد Droog, Amsterdam, 6 December 2018 – 6 January 2019
Collective thinking
تفكير جماعي Hosh Jalsa, Birzeit, November – December 2018
My house is your house
البيت بيتك Design Museum Ghent, 16 February – 15 April 2018
Nieuwe Instituut
معرض نيوي انستتوت Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, november 2017
Amman Design Week
أسبوع عمان للتصميم Darat al Funun, Amman, October 2017
Dream versus reality
الحلم مقابل الواقع Amman, September 2017
Dream Defenders
مجموعة "دريم ديفندرز" Ramallah, 17 August 2017
Design Museum Cologne
متحف التصميم، كولونيا Cologne, 14 May 2017
Henry Van De Velde Awards
جائزة هنري فان دي فيلد Bozar, Brussels, January – February 2017
Welcome home
الدار دارك Ramallah, 8 – 30 October 2016
Hosh Qandah, create-shop 2016
حوش قندح، ورشة التصميم ٢٠١٥ Ramallah, August – September 2016
Gaza & Jerusalem, create-shop 2015
ورشة التصميم من غزة للقدس Gaza & Jerusalem, 26 August – 8 September 2015
Qalandiya international
قلنديا الدولي IAAP, Ramallah, 27 October – 15 November 2014
Ramallah, Create-shop 2014
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Eye on Palestine
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Bethlehem, create-shop 2013
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Ramallah, create-shop 2012
ورشة التصميم ٢٠١٢ Ramallah, Bethlehem, Hebron, Nablus, 1 – 15 September 2012
Subjective atlas of Palestine
أطلس فلسطين الذاتي Ramallah, 2007
Collaborative projects
مشاريع تشاركيّة

Hosh Qandah, create-shop 2016
حوش قندح، ورشة التصميم ٢٠١٥


Create-shop organised in collaboration with Ramallah Municipality
Ramallah, August – September 2016

On the invitation of Ramallah Municipality we have organized a design-create-shop in their new cultural space ‘Hosh Qandah’ from 28th of August to the 8th of September. During this course 9 Palestinian artists and designers collaborated with 5 international designers and over 16 artisans. Together they researched contemporary Palestinian identity and how to express that through useful locally made products.

Over the course of 2 weeks all participants collaborated intensely and discussed and improved their ideas amongst each other and in conversation with visiting critics. Activities that took place varied between guest lectures, screenings, visits to a variety of Palestinian artisans and workshops in and around Ramallah, a guided tour through the old and new City, a collective hike, collective lunches and other relevant activities. These activities and visits were inspirational, empowering and significant on a number of levels. It helped to bring the group closer to each other, releasing and giving a lot of energy as well as bringing a deeper understanding of Palestinian political reality, Palestinian artisanship, culture, design and society. It also puts the participants in close contact with artisans, directly interacting with them, design, develop, and implement altogether.

At the end of the create-shop 18 proposals for new designs were presented, which will be refined and developed further in the months following. During the final public presentation on 8th of September in Hosh Qandah we collected feedback from the audience, which the participants carried with them in the finalisation of their designs.

Some feedback of the participants
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May Marei: “I have communicated with my origin in Palestine in a different way; listening to the experiences of the internationals has made me reappreciate the land of Palestine even more and it increased my belief in my identity as a Palestinian.”
Joao Roxo: “I learned about the richness of the culture and the – at times – seemingly infinite amount of symbols, stories and crafts this place and its people have to give. I was really touched by the Palestinians as a people, as they are really hospitable and knowledgeable about Palestinian culture. Adding to this, it was impressive how everyone has been so creative and collaborative in finding the right product to develop for the project. I feel that every product is a result of the collective effort of the participants.”
Maram Sublaban: “I learned that it’s not hard to think of something not necessary there, and then bring it to life. I was very impressed by the Palestinian industries that I’ve never witnessed so closely and realized the high quality of it.”
Bushra Hasonah: “This create-shop taught me a lot of skills like using leather and look at design as an art work. It was a professional workshop in all levels.”
Ala’a Wahdan: “I learned how I can develop an idea and make a prototype of it in a short time.”
Floris van Driel: “… I found a certain humbleness in Ramallah, which I think is sometimes easy to forget when you’re studying in a western, privileged city like Amsterdam.”
May Marei: “This workshop was a very good example to me on good team work, there was a kind of harmony created among the participants.”

 

Designer Juliette Lizotte participated in the create-shop and recorded this video-diary:

Narrative report Create-shop

Follow the full programme, read the briefing, the process, see all developed designs and engage with the reflections by the participants in this detailed narrative report.

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The create-shop was guided and organized by:
DDFP (Annelys de Vet, Mohammad Saleh and Ghadeer Dajani)
and included presentations and critics by:
Khaled Hourani (artist, PS), Reem Shilleh (filmmaker/curator, PS), Mohammad Anati (handyman, PS), Foaad Maadi (Ramallah tourguide, PS) and Juliette Lizotte (designer, FR)

Participants
Nine contemporary Palestinian designers, artists and students participated with an interest in crafts and production, who were able to rethink products from a conceptual approach. In addition four international master students of the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam joined the create-shop. 
Hadeel Qutna, uqa AlSaraj, Ibrahim Al Hindi, Ala’a Wahdan, Amani Jacob, Bushra Hasonah, Maram Sublaban, May Marei and Raed Hamouri
and Floris van Driel, Andrea Karch, Joao Roxo and Biyi Zhu