LANDING

“LANDING is a collaborative look at the purposeful escape that skateboarding provides to a handful of Palestinian skaters, myself included. This purposeful escape is a radical form of resistance to a headspace of violence, situated in the layers of Israeli domination in Palestine. Woven throughout are tales of my own family’s experience of displacement, diaspora, and partial return. When I moved back to Palestine in 2014, after living in the US for nineteen years, I brought my skateboard because I knew I would be a stranger. I needed the kid in me to remind myself that all is well while I tried to find home.

Skating leads us into a parallel world, where we can participate in our surroundings. This participation is an interpretive dance with the built environment; a tool to assemble a community; and most importantly, a centering on the imagination. This project serves as a reminder for this pocket of freedom as we all try to find our landing.

Throughout the project are also photos made by the core group of skaters, taken on disposable cameras. I simply asked them to photograph the world around them.”

 

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About the artist, Maen Hammad
I consider myself a dedicated creative, always encouraged to explore in the imaginative and to play around with the mundane.

I’ve been documenting the Palestinian skateboard scene for the last six years and I engage in reciprocal nourishment with this community. I was born in Palestine, raised in the American suburbs of Michigan, and am currently based between Boston and Ramallah.

Alongside being a photographer and filmmaker I work as a human rights researcher and campaigner.

I’ve had my work exhibited around the world and in the permanent collection of the the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. I have had my thoughts published in TIME and i-D.

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About the curator, Roï Saade
Roï Saade is an artist interested in the intersectionality between graphic design, photography, and the arts.

Roi’s process-based practice centers on a close collaboration between artist, designer, and curator. His approach is complemented by comprehensive visual research and creative exchange. He is interested in finding and creating ways to resist systems of domination and inequality.

Saade designs and curates photography exhibitions, film festivals, magazines and specializes in book design, where he blends his passion for visual culture and explores the social and cultural meanings of images.

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