art of resistance, Palestine

Disarming Design From Palestine.

Disarming Design from Palestine is an inclusive design label that presents functional products from Palestine, that provide an alternative narrative from what you might usually find in the high street. The collection includes objects such as hourglasses that use cement from the separation wall, a dress made out of one keffiyeh, embroidered car decorations, scarfs depicting landscapes, olive leaves as earrings and an impossible chess game with water tanks and watch towers. The growing collection of products is presented on-line and through a traveling exhibition. As a collection it aims to represent Palestinian culture in its current reality and reflect upon the function of art in situations of conflict.

The goods are developed, designed and produced by contemporary designers, artists and students in collaboration with local artisans and producers. During several ‘create-shops’ they engage in an enriching design dialogue with small emerging businesses and international colleagues. The project aims to catalyze the development of design as a discourse in Palestine.

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to sustainable cultural and economic development in Palestine, through stimulating working relationships between artists, designers and manufacturers. The label also investigates in the position contemporary designers can take in relation to conflictual situations. It makes use of art and design as powerful tools that allow us to have serious discussions within a community about our political, social and cultural realities.

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Electricity wire cover, designer: Wafa Meri, manufacturers: Women from the Ramallah area. Inspired by the traditional Palestinian stitch sabaleh.

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Distance to Jerusalem cups, designer: Mamon Ashreteh, manufacturers: Hebron Glass & Ceramics Factory. Inspired by  Khaled Hourani‘s project The road to Jerusalem.

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Falafel Coin Maker, designer: Tommi Vasko, manufacturers: Ushama Boulos, Bethlehem. Falafel mold with Palestinian pound, sandblasted.

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Subjective Atlas of Palestine, designer: Annelys de Vet. In cooperation with Khaled Hourani and other Palestinian artists, photographers and designers, de Vet made the atlas which maps the country through their eyes. The result is unconventional, very personal and heartwarming.

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Desingaged Observer Outfit, designer: Tommi Vasko & Tessel Bruhl, manufacturer: Tessel Bruhl. Made out of traditional Bedouin fabric, frequently used in tents for festivals and political meetings which makes it perfect as a camouflage for those occasions.

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Bird Plates, designer: Maher Shaheen, manufacturers: Hebron Glass & Ceramics Factory. Plate with which the leftovers of the food can be given to the birds, with additional water in the middle part (one third of the food produced for human consumption ends up in trash).

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Everywhere Palestine scarf, designer: Tariq Salsa, manufacturers: Print Unlimited. Panoramic photos of Palestinian cities printed on silk scarfs.

/all images © Disarming Design from Palestine/

For more information on these and other products by Disarming Design, visit their official website, and if you can (in any way you can) – support the wonderful work by Palestinian designers and manufacturers and their talented international friends.

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Rare photos of Hebron (Khalil), West Bank.

Hebron is a city in the West Bank, home to almost 300 000 Palestinians, and around 8oo Jewish settlers. It is one of the holy cities for both Jews and Muslims (it was traditionally viewed as one of the “four holy cities of Islam”).  Following the 1997 Hebron agreement, the city was split into two sectors: H1 is controlled by the Palestinian Authority and H2 controlled by Israel.  

However, around 30,000 Palestinians along with around 800 Israelis remain under Israeli military control in H2. The Palestinian population there has greatly declined due to the impact of Israeli security measures which include extended curfews, strict restrictions on movement, etc. The Jewish settlement is widely considered to be illegal by the international community, although the Israeli government continues to dispute this.

All that aside, Hebron and its people – live, survive. The city is a busy hub of the West Bank trade, well known for its grapes, figs, limestone, pottery workshops and glassblowing factories, and is the location of the major dairy product manufacturer, al-Junaidi.

Some months ago, Palestinian Photo Club published an album of rare photos of Hebron/Khalil, and that is what I want to share with you today. 

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For more, visit Palestinian Photo Club facebook page.

 

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A day in Hebron, West Bank.

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Hebron, West Bank | April 10, 2014

Photos by Ammar Awad/Reuters

1. A Palestinian vendor organises a display of glass ornaments in a glass factory.

2. A Palestinian man paints a traditional vase in a ceramic factory.

3. A Palestinian man paints a traditional ceramic plate in a ceramic factory.

4.. A Palestinian man uses a potter’s wheel to make a traditional vase in a ceramic factory.

5. Palestinians work in a ceramic factory.

6. A Palestinian glassblower uses a blowpipe to make a traditional vase in a workshop.

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