Majd Abdel Hamid

Hourglass #1

Installation, 2014

Saint Francis Store

Recognition of the hourglass as a symbol of time has survived its obsolescence as a timekeeper. Unlike most other methods of measuring time, the hourglass concretely represents the present as being between the past and the future, and this has made it an enduring symbol of time itself.


The powder in this hourglass consists of crushed cement chipped from the Wall in the West Bank mixed with sand grain.


Hourglass #1 is handmade and produced in collaboration with a glass factory in Hizma. Hizma is a Palestinian town in the Jerusalem Governorate, located half a kilometre north-east of Jerusalem city.

Majd Abdel Hamid (1988, Damascus)


Majd Abdel Hamid studied at the International Academy of Art Palestine from 2007-2009 and holds a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from Malmo Art Academy, Sweden (2010).


Hamid's selected group exhibitions include: Errors Allowed, Mediterranea 16 young Artists Biennial, Ancona, Italy (2013); Shubbak: A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture, Mosaic Rooms (2013); Young Artist of the Year (YAYA) 2012, Qalandiya International, French Cultural Center, Ramallah, Palestine (2012); Here and Now, Laznia Center for Contemporary Art, Gdansk, Poland (2011); De Ramallah et Gaza, Beaux-Arts de Toulouse, France (2011); ESCAPE, Lunds Konsthall, Lund, Sweden.


Hamid participated in the artists residency at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris (2009), and was also a finalist in the A.M. Qattan Foundation's Young Artist of the Year competition in 2008, 2010 and 2012.


Hamid lives and works in Ramallah.


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Majd Abdel Hamid, Hourglass #1, 2014. Installation, Saint Francis Store, installation view.