The ‘Flowing Threads’ installation by Areen explores interconnectedness

‘Flowing Threads’ installation by Areen - Photo courtesy of Dubai Design Week 2023.

“Just as the fabric consists of interconnected threads, humans are interconnected with the fabric of the universe, forming part of a cosmic tapestry.” Palestinian textile designer Areen told Archipanic. Through her ‘Flowing Threads’ installation in Dubai, she reflects on the layers of identity and the significance of transparency and adaptability in life. At the same time, “the world must not turn a blind eye to the ongoing extermination in Gaza, and we condemn those who choose silence,” explains designer.

Israel-Hamas war: The Siege of Gaza

Damage in Gaza Strip, October 2023 - Photo by Naaman Omar Apaimages, Wiki Palestine, Creative Commons.

In the wake of the Hamas massacre in southern Israel on October 7, Israel declared war on the Gaza-based terroristic organisation. The country immediately sieged Gaza City, cutting out water, fuel and electricity – and then bombed so-called strategic targets where Hamas militants could have hidden, but also entire residential neighbourhoods, hospitals, schools, markets, and religious buildings. So far, 9.500 Palestinians have been killed.