Palestine

Khaled Hourani

A private view of the artist’s home in Ramallah

Writer

Mariam Barghouti

Photographer

Raed Abughazaleh

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‘You know, I’m more than an artist,’ says Khaled Hourani at his home in Ramallah, as he adds the final spices to a maklouba dish he’s preparing in the kitchen. ‘I don’t even know if I’m a good artist, but cooking, ah, that I am certain I’m good at.’

With the kitchen at the centre of the home – exposed to both the living room and library at one end and the garden at the other – the openness of the space is intentional. The home is ‘without boundaries,’ as Hourani puts it. He demolished the walls that cut the kitchen off from the living room and library with what seems like an almost existential approach to design: ‘Why should I keep them?’ he asked himself. ‘I don’t think the eating space should be divided from the living space.’

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A private view of the artist’s home in Ramallah
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