The New Mode, 2018
Mixed media installation
“… What you are about to see is a projection displaying the events and life in areas A–G between the years 2050 and 2078 when the land was under The Great Siege. The tour in the embroidery museum in Ramallah in the year 2170 is about to end, and this is the last chapter in the tour before entering the renaissance hall celebrating the awakening of our culture and stepping into what we know as 'The New Palestine'...”
The New Mode is an installation leading the viewer through the main events, changes and societal habits that developed through a short timeline during the years mentioned above, utilising an exaggerated speculative future to display and question ethical and anthropological issues that we encounter and carry both collectively and individually. Examining the conceptual image of the body as it becomes a canvas for an alternative approach to activism, and the shift in notion from activism for public acknowledgement, with thundering expressions, to private individual acts of resistance that are intentionally made to go unnoticed. These changes function as a reflection of our current ideas of international exposure, revolution and the body as a means of existing living resistance. Inspired by museum aesthetics, nature documentaries and narrative TV reports, The New Mode presents a report about a future that might not happen, of a reality that unfortunately might be real.
Haitham Haddad is an illustrator and visual designer who lives and works in Haifa, Palestine. Haitham earned a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design from Shenkar, the college of engineering and design, in 2011. He has since participated in several collective and solo exhibitions, including Qalandiya International and 2OG gallery. His work is influenced by costume history, queer culture, religious iconography, and his immediate surroundings. Haitham began working in graphic design in 2012 through collaborating with local crews and culture producers. Currently his works fluctuate across the spectrum of visual arts, combining video art, illustration and animation and creating images that tackle and discuss our identity/mentality in the new world and how it is shape-shifting under the circumstances of time/location/sphere.
© Photo: Courtesy of A.M. Qattan Foundation
A.M. Qattan Foundation's program to support Palestinian artists. Exhibition of the awardees and shortlisted artists. 6 Nov. - 27 Dec. 2018, AMQF Cultural Centre, Ramallah.