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Curated by Shuruq Harb, Samah Hijawi and Toleen Touq. Contributors: Joseph Audeh, Tarek Abu Kweik, Dalia Al Kury, Sandra Madi , Ben White and Eileen Simpson, Oraib Toukan, Mohanad Yaqubi, Ahmad Zatari among others.
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. As individuals who are invested in the relationship between Palestine and Jordan, the historical trajectory of the two compels us to examine where we are now, and how we can build new alliances to overcome the social, economic and political challenges of today.
The river has two banks is an initiative addressing the growing distance between those living on both sides of the river by creating multiple occasions for discussions. The program unfolds over a time-period starting in September until November 2012 across different locations in Amman, Ramallah, Birzeit and the Jordan Valley, and culminating in a bi-lingual Arabic/English online publication.
This series of connected events is made up of a showcase of artworks, film screenings, research projects and traveling artist talks that explore different contemporary and historical aspects of Palestinian Jordanian identities and politics.
The invited contributors unveil unexpected stories around leading figures, unappreciated heroes and recovered audio-visual materials creating multi-layered interpretations that bring into question dominant ideological narratives.
The river has two banks examines the landscape that ultimately leads us to the river itself- both a symbol and a myth, but most importantly as it stands today-a diminishing natural resource that very few of us have access to.
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This initiative is produced & supported by the Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, the Young Arab Theater Fund, Makan Art Space and Bonita Hotel.
Thanks for their support are expressed to: Lubna Irsheid, Samer Mouasher, Serene Huleileh, Lama Bashour, Ameen Hanoon, Saad Hijawi and Laila Doleh, Jumana Al-Husseini, Mira Hashem, Widad Adas, Chantal Meloni, Juliette Touma and Zeina Abu Innab.
The river has two banks
Shared realities and common histories across the east and west banks of the River Jordan
Series of connected events and publication
September - November 2012
in different locations in Amman, Ramallah, Birzeit and the Jordan Valley
Curators: Shuruq Harb, Samah Hijawi and Toleen Touq