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Shuruq HARB, Samah HIJAWI and Toleen TOUQ, The River Has Two Banks, 2012-2017, multi-media site specific installation, video, artist publication, photographs, dimensions variable. Courtesy of The River Has Two Banks.
Shuruq HARB, Samah HIJAWI and Toleen TOUQ, The River Has Two Banks, 2012-2017, multi-media site specific installation, video, artist publication, photographs, dimensions variable. Courtesy of The River Has Two Banks.









Shuruq HARB, Samah HIJAWI and Toleen TOUQ

The politics of segregation has greatly hindered a collective understanding of shared realities and common histories across the east and west banks of the River Jordan. The border between the two, which is referred to as “the Bridge”, is vested with political and social connotations from the last 40 years, serving both as a connection in the present and a disconnection from the past. As individuals who are invested in the relationship between Palestine and Jordan, the historical trajectory of the two compelled us to examine our current realities and build new alliances that overcome the social, economic and political challenges of our times.

For the Biennial, The River Has Two Banks is presenting a multi-media immersive experiential installation that visually plays with the idea of mirroring, poetically questioning the political divides imposed on geography and the social and cultural myths that make up conceptions of nationalist histories.  The installation is complemented with an artist publication that expands on the subversive nuances of The River Has Two Banks’ activities.

We have included more descriptions and explanation of the piece within the “Layout of work and Work List” below. 

Shuruq HARB, Samah HIJAWI and Toleen TOUQ

Shuruq HARB is a visual artist, curator and writer based in Ramallah, Palestine. She is the co-founder of ArtTerritories.

Samah HIJAWI is a visual artist, writer and researcher, currently living in Belgium where she is doing her PhD in Art Practice at the Academie Royale Des Beaux Arts.

Toleen TOUQ is an independent cultural operator currently based between Jordan and Canada. She is the co-director of “Spring Sessions”.

The River Has Two Banks is an initiative by Shuruq Harb, Samah Hijawi and Toleen Touq that addresses the growing distance between those living in Palestine and Jordan. From 2012-2017 The River Has Two Banks had several iterations that combined a curated program of events that presented existing and newly commissioned art projects that unfolded in different cities and locations across Jordan and Palestine, alongside an ongoing Traveling Artist Open Call which urged a wider circle of practitioners to appropriate existing traffic across the border, which is referred to as the “Bridge”, as a means of resisting segregation politics. At its core, The River Has Two Banks created a much needed physical context for political and artistic dialogue amongst practitioners. A record of all activities and contributions are available online at Theriverhastwobanks.net


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