Disarming Design from Palestine
Disarming Design from Palestine (DDFP) wants to spread alternative narratives about contemporary Palestine and reflect upon the function of creative practices in situations of conflict.
DDFP develops, presents and sells useful contemporary design pieces from Palestine, designed by contemporary designers, artists and students in collaboration with local producers and artisans.
During several create-shops the participants engage in an enriching design dialogue with small emerging businesses and international colleagues. They develop new useful products out of existing production processes. Disarming Design from Palestine focuses on the development of local design and production capacity through creative processes. By stimulating interdisciplinary working relationships new models of artistic practices and handcrafts are empowered.
The collection of products is presented and sold through exhibitions and online. The products spread alternative narratives about contemporary Palestine and reflect upon the function of creative practices in situations of conflict. In this project, art and design are deployed as powerful tools that allow serious discussions within a community about the political, social and cultural realities. It catalyses the development of design as a discourse and invests in the creative potential of the people. Or with other words; how can creative practices contribute to a more sustainable society and human-centred economy?
Disarming Design’s products all seek to tell a story about what life is like in the Palestinian territories today. The products are ‘narrative objects’ which, aside from being functional, also tell a story.
Disarming Design’s products embody the characteristics of life in the Palestinian territories as well as its complexities and, frequently, the impossibilities involved in living there.