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Call for solidarity
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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
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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
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Dream versus reality
الحلم مقابل الواقع Amman, September 2017
Dream Defenders
مجموعة "دريم ديفندرز" Ramallah, 17 August 2017
Design Museum Cologne
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الدار دارك Ramallah, 8 – 30 October 2016
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Collaborative projects
مشاريع تشاركيّة

My house is your house
البيت بيتك

Exhibition at Design Museum Ghent 
Design Museum Ghent, 16 February – 15 April 2018
On the occasion of the festival on Palestinian culture 'Under Construction, Flemish-Palestinian connections', DDFP was invited by the Design museum Ghent to curate an engaging exhibition about our work and designs.

The presentation was located in the four style rooms of the Design Museum. With our exhibition, this part of the museum became like a private house again, with a dining room, leisure room, television room and a dressing. It could feel as if a Palestinian family had moved in and welcomed the visitor in ‘their’ house. The rooms were filled with recorded conversation fragments that took place earlier in houses in Gaza and Ramallah. The presented objects were from our collection, and they narrated about daily realities in Jerusalem, Gaza, the Westbank and refugee camps. They related to intimate spheres and reflected on what it means to be Palestinian and to live in current-day occupied Palestine. Pertinent questions for many Palestinians were touched upon. What is ‘home’? When and where are we at home? When do we have the right to return? Through these questions the objects — often in a poetic and unusual way — enabled us to look at politics from another angle.

Listen to what the products want to tell you. البيت‭ ‬بيتك; ‘this house is your house’ as guests are welcomed in Palestine.

For this exhibition Ines Marques developed a sound piece that consisted in a dinner conversation build upon on the definition of home for Palestinians. The dinner took place in Ramallah and the sound was installed in the dining room of the exhibition.




“I said, what is a homeland? I was asking myself that question a moment ago. Naturally. What is a homeland? Is it these two chairs that remained in this room for twenty years? The table? Peacock feathers? The picture of Jerusalem on the wall? The copper lock? The oak tree? The balcony? What is a homeland? Khaldun? Our illusions of him? Fathers? Their sons? What is a homeland? Is it the picture of his brother hanging on the wall? I’m only asking.”
Ghassan Kanafani, Return to Haifa.


Ines Marques: “Different generations originally from different regions in Palestine are brought together around the table to discuss what for them means the word “home”. The table is full of colour and flavours and non replaced appetisers are spread around.Tabouleh, stuffed eggplant, hummus and bread cover the empty spaces between the plates. The Maqloubeh is finally ready and brought to the table, Mohammed tells us that his kids often play drums with the cooking pan and help the rice to sink in the plate before the Maqloubeh is flipped. Everyone waits impatiently to see the result and start the feast. Yalla, let’s eat. The discussion brings different memories, concerns and points of view describing different journeys with one thing in common; that the concept of home should float beyond those standard four walls and drift off from the  Hakourato the society that we live in.


Recording & editing: Ines Marques
Voices: Raed Hamouri, Ghadeer Dajani, Mohammed Saleh, Qusai Al Saify, Mohammed Ishtay, Ahmad Nasser, Hady Matar, May Marie — Ramallah, 2018


Al Araby TV made a short documentary on Disarming Design from Palestine on the occasion of our exhibition at the Design Museum Gent. Featuring Ghadeer Dajani and Annelys de Vet, 1 april 2018

‘My house is your House‘, Exhibition at Design Museum Ghent (B)
16 February – 15 April 2018

Exhibition team
Annelys de Vet (curation & designer), Ghadeer Dajani (production manager), Raed Hamouri (financial manager), Mohammad Abusal (coordinator Gaza), Ines Marques (intern)

Sound installations
Mahmoud Abusal (leisure room), Ines Marques (dining room)

Katrien Laporte

MO MONDIAAL NIEUWS, Alice Devenyns, 27 February 2018
Disarming Design: ‘Alles is verbonden met politiek’