6-14 October 2017

ADW and Darat al Funun Host "Disarming Design from Palestine"

By Céline Alkhaldi
On Monday, June 05, 2017

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Amman Design Week is collaborating with Darat al Funun to host a team of designers from Jordan, Palestine, and from the Netherlands in an educational exchange under the program of "Disarming Design from Palestine".

Based in Ramallah, the program unites Palestinian crafts communities with contemporary designers and artists from Palestine with Masters students from the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam to exchange knowledge, experiences and techniques. Together, a line of thought-provoking products that speak of Palestine’s current reality is developed. The products are then sold locally and internationally to spread alternative stories and reflect upon the function of creative practices in situations of conflict.

Selection of Disarming Design from Palestine products: Gaza Birdhouse, Jerusalem Spell, Football Keffiyeh, Poetic nights, Awakening Goggles, Sate of Palestine Magnet, Gaza Fisherman box, Bird plate, Palestinian Honey

In 2017, the program comes to Amman to include Jordanian designers and local craftswomen from Palestinian refugee camps in Amman, who are invited to share their stories, skills and knowledge, with particular reference to the Palestinian diaspora. The workshop, taking place in September, will include sessions at Darat al Funun’s “The Lab” and at a local refugee camp.

Disarming Design Create Shop, Al Ma’mal, Jerusalem. (Photo by Mohammad Saleh)During the workshop the team of designers will be closely working with the Palestinian artisans in refugee camps in Jordan to jointly design new useful products. A selection of the workshop’s outcome will be taken to production and afterwards exhibited (and sold) at “The Lab” during Amman Design Week from 6-14 October 2017.

Pottery in the making, Gaza (Photo by Mohamed Abusal)

For more: www.disarmingdesign.ps