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 felt as if a Palestinian family had moved in and welcomed the visitor in ‘their’ home. The rooms were filled with recorded conversation fragments that took place earlier in houses in Gaza and Ramallah. The presented objects in the rooms were from our collection and narrated about daily realities in Jerusalem, Gaza, the Westbank and refugee camps. They directly related to a domestic environment and 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? How can it be reached? When can we go home? Through these questions the objects — often in a poetic and unusual way — enabled us to look at politics from another angle.
Feel at home, 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 dinning room of the exhibition.
‘My house is your House‘, Exhibition at Design Museum Ghent (B)
16 February – 15 April 2018
Annelys de Vet (curation & designer), Ghadeer Dajani (production manager), Raed Hamouri (financial manager), Mohammad Abusal (coordinator Gaza), Ines Marques (intern)
Mahmoud Abusal (leisure room), Ines Marques (dining room)
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