Project Overview

Key of Return

Culture / Society / Identity

One of our most imaginative projects was the creation of the Key of Return, which now stands on top of the 12m high gate at the entrance to the camp. Al-Awada is a peaceful and creative symbol of the right of return for Palestinian refugees. The ‘not for sale’ sign on the key serves as a reminder that the right of return is not one that can be bought or negotiated.

The project was completed in 2008 to mark the 60th Anniversary of Al-Nakba. In 2012, it was transported from Aida Refugee Camp for display at the Berlin Biennale in Germany.

For residents and visitors of the camp, the key has created a growing awareness and reminder of the refugees’ right of return – a right that is at once legal, humanitarian and political. You can read more about the right of return here.