Set within the tectonic rift of the Jordan Valley and weaving multiple storylines that are joined through a robotic narrator, The Jump explores the psychological terrains of leaping into the void. Interested in acceleration, history, survival, and escapism in relation to narratives that provide agency in thinking about the future, the artist looks at the possibility of storytelling through fragmentation. She views fragmentation as a technological condition of our contemporary era — the way we navigate our lives virtually online through our devices, our condition of short attention spans. It also references the condition of geography and history as a Palestinian. Without giving up on the possibility of narratives, the artist is committed to finding new ways of narration that present sound and image without the total blur and abstraction of the human subject. Shuruq Harb’s work was commissioned as part of the Han Nefkens Foundation – Fundació Antoni Tàpies Video Art Production Award 2019, in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (Manila), the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art (Singapore), WIELS (Brussels), and Jameel Arts Centre (Dubai).
Shuruq Harb (b. 1980, Ramallah, Palestine) is co-founder of ArtTerritories (2010-2017), and The River Has Two Banks (2012-2017) last exhibited at the Asian Art Biennial in Taiwan. Her work has been exhibited internationally at the New Museum, Columbia University, Gwangju Biennial, Istanbul Biennial, Darat al-Funun and Ikon Gallery, amongst others. Her latest film, The White Elephant, received the award for best short film at the Cinéma du Réel Festival in Paris, 2018.
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