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Oraib Toukan

Darat al Funun

Oraib Toukan’s first solo exhibition, at the Jordanian arts foundation Darat al-Funun, delved into a dialectic between memory and amnesia that has become almost overbearing in contemporary art practice from the Arab world. But Toukan’s depiction of memory as process, and her tethering of memory to the body, marked a promising change from the now ubiquitous strategies involving imaginary archives and historical documents.

In the split-screen, single-channel video Remind Me to Remember to Forget, 2006, the tip of a makeshift pen is seen on the left side spitting out and sucking in a seemingly endless supply of gold glitter. Held by a hand that remains offscreen, the pen repeatedly writes and erases the work’s title in Arabic script. On the right, the hollow at the center of a woman’s clavicle, the artist’s own, is seen retreating and returning as she deeply inhales and exhales. The implication

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