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

Masters programme Disarming design
ماجستير معهد ساندبرج

Temporary masters programme 'Disarming design', Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam
Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam, 2020 — 2022
‘Disarming Design‘ is a two-year Master programme at the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam committed to design practices that deal with conditions of conflict, oppressive forces and entangled histories. Operating at the intersection of design, crafts, community and politics, the programme derives from the long-term collaboration between the Design Department at the Sandberg Instituut and the design platform ‘Disarming Design from Palestine’.
  • Bilboard of solidarity, by Disarming Design participants, May 2021


The Disarming Design department aims to question, challenge and locate the social, political and emancipatory potential of design practices and other organisational art forms. Building upon the relations and involvements of the students and faculty, we will explore how and to what extent artistic practices can counteract oppression and injustice through the act of design. We are interested in what ways design-positions are able to inform strategies for sustainable positions in politically and geographically violated societies. In parallel, we want to experiment with educational models that stimulate such practices, and set up alternative platforms that can reinforce the artistic, political and economic independence.

The programme focuses on the artistic work of the participants in finding their own methods for resilience, collaboration and sustainability. The course provides a fostering environment for study, practice and research, and makes space for selflessness, vulnerability and unpredictability. It is set up as a studio-space led programme where students work on both collective and individual projects, and get feedback by the tutors on their practice. The curriculum evolves on the initiatives, collaborations and developments of the students; they are actively involved in organising and leading different parts.



Together we are shaping collective methods of mutual learning and exchange, developing context specific vocabularies, ideas and common projects. Over time we will explore how to expand and change practices in design for political resistance, solidarity and social transformation. We will research and experiment with tools, networks and conditions for community driven platforms on design learning. The participants will exchange with new communities, engage creative actors and cultural institutes, and invest in long-term collaborations that help to establish new spaces for design.

The body of students and tutors consist of practitioners with engaged and critical artistic practices, informed by an understanding of the weight of structural oppression, and who are determined to counteract it. Each has an ability and interest in collaborative work, situated learning, crafts, poetry and in creating politically driven, experimental practices that can imagine and enact ways of being together otherwise.

More information, website made by Disarming Design participants, at the momentum which started with social media documentation of the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in East Jerusalem (Sheik Jarrah) which has catalyzed a historical moment, ripe for transformation – may 2021.


TypeLab Sandberg, represented by Mohamed Gaber @gue3bara and Farah Fayyad @farahfayyad , stands against the ethnic cleansing of Palestine by the violent settler colonial state of Israel: “We are witnessing an attempted genocide happening in real time. We invite all our workshop participants and followers to make a free lettering of the word Palestine – فلسطين. “


DIWAN talks: Institutional Solidarity
Friday, May 28, 2021 / 18.30 – 20.30 CEST, Photo: Augustina Woodgate
The Disarming Design department hosted DIWAN for a conversation that responds and reflects on institutional solidarity, especially as it has come into focus during the last weeks due to the escalating violence against the Palestinian people. They opened up their space across radio waves and digital channels with students, artists, and cultural practitioners—independent as well as institutional workers. The event was moderated by members of DIWAN, PUB Radio, and Sandberg students.



About the Sandberg Instituut

As the postgraduate programme of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam, the Sandberg Instituut offers Master Programmes in Fine Arts, Interior Architecture and Design.

The five Main Departments aim to deepen the practices of artists, designers and critics. In addition, the Temporary Programmes reflect on specific urgencies in society and the arts, and the Hosted Programmes focus on collaboration with other institutes. Sandberg Instituut’s Main Departments are Critical Studies, Design, The Dirty Art Department, Fine Arts and Studio for Immediate Spaces. An average of only twenty students per programme allows each course to be flexible and open to initiatives from students and third parties. The course directors, who are prominent artists, designers, theorists and curators with international practices, invite tutors and guests who are able to challenge the students to critically reflect on their profession, their work and their progress. The two-year Temporary Programmes are developed according to urgent world issues.

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Groupphoto Disarming Design participants, October 2020



Lama Aloul, Saja Amro, Julina Vanille Bezold, Rasha Dakkak, Farah Fayyad, Mohamed Gaber, Anna Garcia Gómez, Ayman Hassan, Siwar Kraitem, Ott Metusala, Naira Nigrelli, Karmel Sabri, Qusai Al Saify, Sarah Saleh, Mohammed Tatour, Jara van Teeffelen, Samira Vogel

Head of programme:
Annelys de Vet

Francisca Khamis

Rana Ghavami, Lara Khaldi, Yazan Khalili, PING (Agustina Woodgate, Miquel Hervás Gómez, Sascha Krischock), Huda Smitshuijzen-Abifares, Jonas Staal, Annelys de Vet

Ana Teixeira Pinto, Anja Groten, Bahia Shehab, Brigitte Herremans, Cara Crisler, Daniel van der Velden, Flavia Dzodan, Foundland, Hannes Bernard, Hazem Alqaddi, Jeanne van Heeswijk, Julien Thomas, Juliette Lizotte, Jurgen Bey, Loraine Futer, Marni Slater, Nat Muller, Pascal Gielen, Petra van Brabandt, Robin Vanbesien, Salim Bayri, Sekai Makoni, Tunde Adefioye