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Design in Arabic

The Israel Museum Jerusalem. Exhibition design.


The exhibition Design in Arabic celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the Museum's Department of Design and Architecture, and is the first in the Museum's history to be entirely dedicated to artists from Israel's Arab community.

Up until a decade ago, artistically inclined students from the Arab community in Israel tended to study art or architecture; the five participants of this exhibition thus represent a new phenomenon of practitioners in the fields of design. They are part of a new generation that not only rebels against a traditional establishment, but seeks to itself become an influential, uncompromising social force.

These artists enlist the universal language of design to sound a clear and courageous voice on the most urgent issues in Arab society in Israel today – the rights of Arab women, sexuality, gender, and violence – without sidelining more traditional, national-political issues, such as the Nakba, the refugee experience, or the complex gaze on the native landscape. Instead, they offer a new prioritization of these issues. 

Curated by Rami Tareef.

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