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
ورشة التصميم ٢٠١٤ Ramallah, Bethlehem, 21 October – 7 November 2014
Eye on Palestine
العين على فلسطين KVS, Brussels, 24 March – 5 April 2014
Conflict & design
التصميم و الصراع C-Mine, Genk, 15 December 2013 – 9 March 2014
Bethlehem, create-shop 2013
ورشة التصميم ٢٠١٣ Bethlehem, 30 Sep – 12 Oct 2013
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

Intimate terrains
إقتراب الآفاق

Intimate terrains, create-shop 2019
Birzeit, 21–29 august 2019
Disarming Design from Palestine and the Palestinian Museum, organised a summer school for Palestinian and international students and designers. On the basis of the narratives of the exhibition, Intimate Terrains, at the Palestinian Museum, new useful designs were developed in collaboration with local artisans. What does it mean to be Palestinian today, and how to express that through locally made products? International students from Sint Lucas School of Arts, Antwerp (BE), Willem de Kooning Academie, Rotterdam (NL) and Lucerne School of art & design (CH) collaborated with designers and students from Birzeit and beyond to reflect on this question, during a two week create-shop in Birzeit.

The workshop was meant for students and emerging designers who are interested in developing their artistic practice from a social and political perspective. During this workshop, design was presented as an instrument for dialogue and emancipation with a focus on getting a better understanding of the political and humanitarian situation in Palestine through the perspective of crafts, design and art – and to apply this knowledge to the development of the individual practice.

Participants Intimate Terrains create-shop, summer 2019


15 Palestinian and 15 international students and designers collaborated and learned from the different ways of dealing with design through the conversations that arised. They investigated the production process of the artisans and the exhibition at the Palestinian Museum, Intimate Terrains, offered the starting point for collective discussions and collaborative workshop sessions. In mixed groups of 5 participants, prototypes for thought provoking and useful products were developed together with local producers. How can a product embody a story? How to co-create products with local artisans?

The workshop included tours through different landscapes, crafts industries, and ended with a public presentation of the developed prototypes at the Museum. The aim was that a selection of the items will be taken in production and sold via Disarming Design from Palestine and the giftshop of the Palestinian Museum.

Palestime, it’s about time.
A video diary by: Andreas Drosdz, Kareem Khalid, Shireen Salman, Silke Groffy, Zaide Kutay
“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, 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 fast, the other is random and slow. It stands for the stolen time lost in the daily routine of traveling between cities, hampered by checkpoints, settlements and administrative chaos.”
Fold Back Home, we believe in the coming together of stories, sharing a moment in the present to reflect on the past and take hope for the future.
A video diary by: Lisette Keyser, Mahran Ismail, Mariam Haj Ibrahim, Sara Greet Gilis, Salem Shoubaki
“Home is the place where one lives permanently as a member of a family or household. With the war of 1948, many Palestinians left their homes with the idea of being away for only a few days. “Just take some food and the key,” they told each other. No one anticipated they would never be allowed to come back. Fold Back Home is a blanket based on the word tawi, which means “folding up the life you built away from your home and returning to it.” It is also a backpack that allows for a shat’ha or “going into the landscape for a
spontaneous picnic,” an activity at the heart of Palestinian tradition. Fold Back Home is a reminder of both the loss of a home and the joy of sharing food and stories. Embroidered lines guide you in the folding of the blanket. The buckle is engraved with a key. They symbolize the way back home.”
Birzeit through terrain, how would you thread these landscapes?
A video diary by: Elisabeth Nold Schwartz, Dana Idris, Gilani Raja, Jermaine Faustin Adoptie, Lara Salous
“Dear friend, Looking at the landscape of Birzeit it makes me wonder how we experience landscapes. In what way do movements affect landscapes? For me, landscapes can be natural and manmade, material and psychological, political and cultural, where movements can be free and restrained, spontaneous and forced. How do you t(h) read these landscapes, these pathways from present and past? My dear, thread your thoughts and send them to a friend. I long for an enduring sharing of thoughts.
From Birzeit, with love”

Final presentation of the Disarming Design Summer School “Intimate Terrains” at the Palestinian Museum

The create-shop ended with an exhibition at the Palestinian Museum with more than 12 meaningful proposals for new useful products that reflect on what it means to currently live in Palestine and that are locally made; from picnic-bagpacks to wooden shoes, from a special Palestime-hour-glass to a yo-yo of 8 meters and many more. Participants shared their sketches and prototypes they made together with artisans.

Narrative report Create-shop

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

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The Palestinian Museum
The Palestinian Museum is an independent institution dedicated to supporting an open and dynamic Palestinian culture nationally and internationally. The Museum presents and engages with new perspectives on Palestinian history, society and culture. It also offers spaces for creative ventures, educational programmes and innovative research. The Museum is a flagship project of Taawon-Welfare Association and one of the most exciting new cultural projects in Palestine.

Intimate Terrains: Representations of a Disappearing Landscape, Exhibition
Guest-curator Dr. Tina Sherwell

The exhibition explores the changing representation of landscape by Palestinian artists, and our relationship to place and location through the themes of erasure, fragmentation, distance and belonging in a spectrum of artworks drawn from the 1930s to the present day. The depiction of landscape over the decades provides us with a prism onto the experience of loss and longing, a prominent subject matter for artists, as its topography holds a central place in Palestinian identity formation. Landscape is at once both a vast site of projection and a deeply layered terrain of remains, memories and histories.

How do artists negotiate and articulate collective and personal memory in relation to representations of landscape? What keeps us in a place? What are the limits of nostalgia? How does exile and different experiences of alienation shape views of the landscape? With our diminishing access to the land, the segregation of communities and the fragmentation and isolation of the terrains, and as the violent confiscation and destruction of the land unfolds, how do our intimate relationships to places manifest around landscape? Yet undeterred by this, what have been and what are our dreams and visions of landscapes of the past and future?

Intimate Terrains on the website of the Palestinian Museum


5 Institutes: Disarming Design from Palestine (PS/B), Palestinian Museum, Birzeit (PS), Sint Lucas School of Arts, Antwerp (BE), Willem de Kooning Academie, Rotterdam (NL), Lucerne School of art & design (CH)

Organising Team: Annelys de Vet (NL/B, artistic director DDFP), Ghadeer Dajani (PS, design & production manager DDFP), Raed Hamouri (PS, executive director, DDFP), Hana Irshaid (PS, Education Programme Coordinator Palestinian Museum)

Guiding Tutors: Lama Altakruri (PS, Assistant Curator of Intimate Terrains), Areej Ashhab (PS, designer), May Marei (PS, designer), Petra van Brabandt (B, tutor Sint Lucas School of Arts), Catherine Somze (NL/B, tutor Willem de Kooning Academie), Ursula Bachman (CH, tutor Lucerne School of art and design), Francisca Khamis (CL/PS, design resident DDFP)

Artisans: Riad Kabaji (Hebron), Mohammad Ibrahim Al-Qiddissi/ Tailor Shop (Ramallah), Gazman Printing agency (Ramallah), Jaba Glass, Print Screen Altco, Abu Ahmeed (Rahallah Shoes), Abu Bashar (Carpenter), Samar Abdallah, Samar Style Tailor, Salam Alassi Assi Advertising Makers (lasercutter), Um Al-Qassam, Al-Dibwani (Textile Shop), Abu Ameed, Al-Rahala (Leather Workshop), Stars Fashion, Rumuz Advirtisement, Muthanna (Abu George), Wafa Ashi, Al-Nujoom Fashion, Suhail Saloos, Al-Rahhalah, Emad (Abu Ameed), Micheal F. K. Laser, Zeina Tech’n Design, Ahmed Nassar, Jack Giacaman, Nidal Shaheen, Haya Mohammed Kaabneh

Palestinian participants: Ayham hassan musleh (BZU), Haya Mohammed Kaabneh (Ind.), Kareem khalid khalid (BZU), Khalid Ladadwah (BZU), Lama Aloul (Ind.), Mahran Ismail (Ind.), Mariam yousef ibrahim (Ind.), Michael Jabareen (Ind.), Natalie Najjar (Ind.), Nizar fayez Tellawi (Ind.), Salem Tareq Shoubaki (Ind.), Samar & Aya Kirresh (Ind.), Shireen Salman (Ind.), Tala Zuhair Abdalhadi (BZU), Dana Idris (BZU)

International participants: Andreas Drosdz (WDK), Annie Jana Kahri (HSLU), Elisabeth Nold Schwartz (HSLU), Felix Stöckle (HSLU), Gilani Raja (SLA), Ignace Cami (SLA), Iman Benyecif K. (SLA), Jermaine Faustin (WDK), Jürgen Buchingner (HSLU), Lisette Keyser (WDK), Robin Cuppens (WDK), Sara Greet Gilis (SLA), Silke Groffy (SLA), Zaide Kutay (HSLU)

Kurt Vanbelleghem (for initiating the international collaboration)