Mini Workshop on products about GazaTeresa Palieri
La Dalle (BE), 5 – 9 August 2014
Start of a larger collection of art&design products for and about Gaza, to reflect on it´s current situation, to humanize the Gaza narrative and to use art to imagine a different future. Exactly during the first 72 hour ceasefire in August 2015, we’ve been trying to develop cultural products that reflect somehow upon the indescribable reality in Gaza. Attempts to design objects that pose questions, narrate and reflect from a human point of view on the impact of the massacres. In this way we hope to
contribute to a more humane, cultural and nuanced discourse about Gaza, humanize the representation of it’s citizens and help opening the eyes of the international community. The products will all be made in Palestine (in the Westbank, and if possible in Gaza itself). We will exhibit these objects during the art biannual “Qalandia International” (october 2014) and on other relevant occasions — and spread and sell them through on-line sales.
During the ceasefire we have spoken with Hala Abdel-Wahed (from Gaza, but since 3 days in NY), Rami Munir Almeghari (writer from and in Gaza), Rashid Abdel Hamid (from Gaza, living in Amman), Tariq Salsa (Beit Sahour), Sami Khaldi (Ramallah), Ali Aldeek (Ramallah), Malkit Shoshan (critical Israeli architect, living in Amsterdam) and Raoul Kramer (Dutch, lived in Westbank and spend time in Gaza). With their input and feedback we were able to develop the different idea’s and proposals.
We fully realized that way more urgent things were needed in Gaza. Only political solutions and international pressure can improve life there — and all of us felt totally powerless within that context. Though, we do believe that many different ways to contribute to a more honest and humane discourse about Gaza are valuable. On a short term it feels like making no difference, but hopefully in the long run we get a step further.