The Hamsa Flag Project is designed to open up a conversation about the future of Israel/Palestine, hybrid identity, Sephardi/Mizrahi history, Jewish/Muslim solidarity and borderless movements & cultures.
The colors of the flag, turquoise and copper, signify activation. In some craft traditions, the turquoise stone is used as eye at the center of the palm. In the case of this flag, the turquoise eye has been abstracted into the background, into an ocean of turquoise behind the open palm. The rays that emanate from the palm are copper, the element (Cu) from which the compound Turquoise is created via the process of oxidation in water.
Thus the flag’s image reveals an elemental, latent source resting on the backdrop of an activated Turquoise expanse. The hamsa in this formation is designed to represent a vast, shifting, hybrid community–of many tribes, and beyond the very notion of tribe–of many nations, and beyond the very notion of nation–emerging from a common elemental source.
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The hamsa is an apotropaic symbol: a symbol that attracts the viewer's eye while turning it away (from the Greek: apo, away, tropos, turn). The hamsa is usually used, or worn, as a protective ward. By placing the hamsa on a flag, the object intends to serve as a collective ward against negativity of all kinds.
You can read more about the project's journey in this essay published in January 2018: http://prtcls.com/article/the-hamsa-flag/.