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Design in areas of conflict

Crossing Boundaries Lecture Series

Lecture Date(s)

January 19, 2019 at 12:30pm

Workshop Date(s)

November 18, 2019 at 6pm at the Atrium at VCUarts Qatar (for the General public)

November 20, 2019 at 5pm at the Atrium at VCUarts Qatar (for VCUarts Qatar only)

Speaker(s)

Ghadeer Dajani, Design and Production Manager and Raed Hamouri, Executive Director at Disarming Design From Palestine (DDFP)

Moderator(s)

Noor Hussein AlOraidi, Student Employment & Career
Services Coordinator

Language

English

Location

The Atrium at VCUarts Qatar

In this Crossing Boundaries Lecture, Ghadeer Dajani, the Design and Production Manager at Disarming Design From Palestine (DDFP), and Raed Hamouri, the Executive Director at (DDFP) will talk about how occupation restricts craft and product development, and where politics, design and crafts meet. How can designers be empowered to more actively engage in society through collective design-thinking courses and social design impact?

The workshop participants will design new products based on the techniques of the items that each of them will bring to the workshops. They will then focus on their product’s narratives. What are the complexities? Is there a political dimension behind the product, its production and distribution? What does it mean from a social and ecological perspective?

Disarming Design from Palestine is a thought-provoking design label for the development and presentation of contemporary design from Palestine. The products vary from ceramics to toys, and from fashion to household items. They are made by designers and artists who are working in collaboration with local producers, and who are feeding innovative ideas for the production of crafts.

We believe that design practices function as an instrument for social change, emancipation and self-empowerment.
Image courtesy of Disarming Design From Palestine

Biographies

@disarmingdesign
disarmingdesign.com

Ghadeer Dajani is a Jerusalem-based interior designer, and the production and design manager at Disarming Design From Palestine (DDFP). After having participated in DDFP workshop in 2015, she made two successful and moving designs. She works on product development, supervises the workshops, and takes care of the entire production process of the objects at DDFP. She also has a broad knowledge of design, as well as material and production possibilities in Palestine. Dajani will collaborate on the new design program, develop the collection of the products, and supervise the workshops.

Dajani earned her Bachelor of Arts d in Business Administration from Birzeit University in Palestine. She then pursued her passion for design in Italy where she earned her Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Florence Design Academy. She is also the co-founder of Memargi Design studio in Ramallah.

@disarmingdesign
disarmingdesign.com

Raed Hamouri is the executive director of Disarming Design From Palestine and an active community builder. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, and studied management and theater. He is conducting research into art as a form of resistance. He lives and works in Ramallah. Hamouri has worked among many international organizations in sustainable development and community building for over 14 years.

He is the director, activator and strategic developer for Hosh Jalsa, the community-based Learning and Action center in Birzeit, which also serves as DDFP’s headquarters.

Public Programming

November 18 - 21, 2019

Book your Brain Date with Ghadeer and Raed from Disarming Design From Palestine!

November 18, 2019 ― 6 to 9 PM

Workshop 'Product Design & Narrative' by Disarming Design From Palestine at the Atrium VCUarts Qatar (general public)

November 19, 2019 ― 12:30 to 2 PM

Crossing Boundaries Lecture series:
'Design in areas of conflict' by Disarming Design From Palestine

November 19, 2019 ― 7 to 9 PM

Exclusive dinner with Ghadeer Dajani and Raed Hamouri offered to students, alumni, staff and faculty at VCUarts Qatar (RSVP - limited seats)

November 20, 2019 ― 5 to 8 PM

Workshop 'Product Design & Narrative' by Disarming Design From Palestine at the Atrium VCUarts Qatar (VCUarts Qatar only)

November 21, 2019 ― 6 to 8 PM

Working sessions one-on-one with the workshops participants upon appointment with Disarming Design From Palestine

Video

Disarming Design From Palestine: Introduction

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