Eleven out of 17 million Palestinians are refugees or in diaspora, outside of historic Palestine. Due to colonial settlers and ethnic cleansing, the Palestinian identity is slowly fading. Therefore, it is of urgency for the survival of our culture, that we maintain a sense of a shared common identity of belonging and home with my fellow Palestinians.
In Diaspora, brings design and activism together to address issues of cultural preservation and inclusion. The key elements captured, conveyed and explored within this research intend to preserve memories and narratives of Palestine's past and present. Each project archives and sheds light on both current and historical living conditions with the hope of sharing our rich cultural heritage.
“Ramallah Writes Back” is a book that highlights intangible Palestinian heritage. Housing traditions and celebrations, including weddings, henna nights, and Eid. As well as sharing the history of our cuisine and the role of meals in fostering relationships amongst our community.
The second project, “Aعyadna (our celebration)” is a celebratory kit that explores the sharp contrast between old traditions, new notions and unexpected practices that are emerging due to the current unfortunate conditions in Palestine. The third project, “72 hours”, is a ceramic bowl which represents the narrative of how people view Palestinians. It is white and plain on the outside, forming a typical and simplistic impression. However, once you look inside the bowl, you will experience the real story, through the colors, motifs and patterns. It reflects the Palestinian life, resilience, willpower and the rich culture.