About DEVET

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DEVET is a practice for gentle power and radical imagination, founded by Annelys de Vet (1974, NL) who is a Belgium based designer, curator and initiator. DEVET’s work explores the role of design in relation to the public and political discourse. The practice of design is manifested as a critical agency of social processes, which can govern dialogues, reflection, understanding and debate. Since 2009 Annelys de Vet heads the master in design ‘Think tank for visual strategies’ at the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam (Masters Rietveld Academie) — where she earned an MDes herself in 1999 . Additionally she heads the yearly masterclass Sandberg@Mediapark (former Sandberg@Mediafonds), a laboratory for new forms of digital storytelling for media makers, journalists, artists and designers. She is the founding and artistic director of the thought provoking design label ‘Disarming Design from Palestine’ with useful products from Palestine that spread alternative narratives about life under occupation. Since 2003 De Vet initiated a series of subjective atlases that map countries from a human perspective; including ‘Subjective atlas of Palestine’ (010 Publishers, 2007), ‘Subjective atlas of Hungary  (HVG Könyvek 2011), ‘Subjective atlas of Colombia’ (Semana, 2015) and ‘Subjective atlas of Pakistan (Subjective Editions, 2018). She co-curated  the exhibition ‘UNMAPPING THE WORLD’ on critical contemporary mapping practices, for the ExperimentaDesign biennale 2014 in Lisbon and for the international Graphic Design Festival in Chaumont (2015).

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