From Checkpoint bag to Blacksac
من شنطة الحاجز إلى البلاك ساك Al Quds, 2015 – Al Khalil, 2021
Call for solidarity
نداء للتضامن Until liberation
Masters programme Disarming design
ماجستير معهد ساندبرج Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam, 2020 — 2022
Design for Disarming times
التصميم لأوقاتنا المجرِّدة Onomatopee publishers, 2020
Life of the Palestinian rug
ورشة البساط الفلسطيني Birzeit, September - October 2020
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
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

Facemask from Gaza
قناع الوجه من غزة

Keffiyeh face mask to protect both identity and health
قناع الوجه-الكوفية لحماية الصحة والهوية
August 2020
During the Disarming Design create-shop in Gaza in 2015 artist Mohammed Musallam created a face mask based on traditional keffiyeh design. 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. The mask was first used in Gazan hospitals under siege. At the time of conception, it was impossible to foresee the impact of Covid19; hence, one can say that this face mask shows the power of artistic imagination. The artwork did not lose any of its meaning; it was taken in production in 2020 and resonated strongly internationally on faces, posters, museums and beyond.
  • Tailor Abu Alaa Ghaben in his workshop, Gaza City, August 2020. © Abed Zagout 

Gaza’s potentially disastrous combination of widespread poverty, densely-packed refugee camps and extremely limited hospital capacity make us even more aware of the catastrophic impact of the illegal occupation, and how fragile life can be. Caring for each other is more important than ever. Under Mohamed 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.


Victoria & Albert Museum

  • V&A keffiyeh mask (ME.13-2021) & keffiyeh on arrival. Credit: Mariam Rosser-Owen
  • The London based ‘world’s leading museum of art, design and performance’ V&A acquired Musallam’s facemask for their collection in 2021. Curator of the Middle Eastern Section Mariam Rosser-Owen researched the objects history and wrote an informative article touching on the social-cultural context of the keffiyeh, the recent violence and global solidarity, and the artist’s interpretation.
  • — Read: “Pandemic Objects: Keffiyeh Mask”, Mariam Rosser-Owen, June 16 2021, V&A Blog

Progressive International

  • The Progressive International is an international organization uniting and mobilizing progressive left-wing activists and organizations. The organization labels itself as aiming for a democratic, decolonized, just, egalitarian, liberated, solidaristic, sustainable, ecological, peaceful, post-capitalist, prosperous, and a plural society. They asked artists and cultural workers from around the world to envision what 21st-century internationalism means for them. Mohammed Musallam and Annelys de Vet designed this poster together to join their message of solidarity to unite, organise, and mobilise progressive forces.
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Mohammed Mussallam

  • Mohammed Musallam and his family on a pro-Palestinian protest, Canada May 2021 @mmmmusallam 
  • Based in Canada and born in Gaza in 1974, Mohammad Musallam holds a Ph.D. in Art Philosophy, he taught drawing, painting, and the history of Palestinian art at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Al-Aqsa University in Gaza. He is an interdisciplinary artist who creates abstract paintings, performances, installations, and video art, where audiences can engage with objects, different materials, and technologies to explore topics such as freedom of movement, peace, and liberty. In his artworks he uses materials Inspired and taken from the local environment to express issues in an extremely concise manner charged with immense expressive energy.
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