Based in Qatar, the designers Reema Abu Hassan, Majdulin Nassrallah, Nada Elkharashi and Abdulrahman AlMuftah are participating in the Exchange and bringing their practices that engage with ceramic traditions and contemporary forms, installation and spatial interventions, pigment and natural materials, and upcycling into dialogue with peers and contexts in Qatar and Morocco to develop new work.
While in Morocco, Amine El Gotaibi, Sara Ouhaddou, Bouchra Boudoua, and Hamza Kadiri’s practices reflect all forms of making from textiles, to wood craftsmanship, to installation work with ceramic and glass, and pottery. Through their practices they sustain collaborations with artisan communities, narratives, and contemporary practices and they will bring this approach towards the Exchange and their residencies in Qatar.
Each of these selected makers of Morocco and Qatar all share a deep commitment to, and value for, sustaining the languages, communities, narratives, traditions, typologies, and objects of craft within their respective contexts and through their own practices as designers and/or artists. In bringing these designers, artists and craftspeople together, Crafting Design Futures fosters a rich cross-cultural dialogue across makers in both environments and towards innovation, new objects and a greater awareness of contemporary craft practices within design contexts.