Oraib Toukan (b. 1977, Boston, USA) and Ala Younis (b. 1947, Kuwait).
Oraib Toukan works in photography, video, and installation, often bringing public
interventions into her practice. Toukan obtained MFA in Photography from the Bard
College (New York, USA). Lives and works in Oxford (UK). Recent exhibitions include
Center for Contemporary Art (Glasgow, UK), Asia Pacific Triennial (Australia), Mori Art
Museum (Tokyo, Japan), Serpentine Gallery (London, UK), Kunstraum München
(Germany), 11th Istanbul Biennial (Turkey).
Ala Younis is a research-based artist and curator. Lives and works in Amman (Jordan).
Produces installations, video and publishing projects. Her practice is based on found
material, and on creating materials which cannot be found or do not exist. Curated
Kuwait's first national pavilion at the Venice Biennale (Italy, 2013). Her work was shown
at the Institute du Monde Arabe (Paris, France, 2013), 9th Gwangju Biennial (Korea,
2012), Museum of Modern Arab Art (Doha, Qatar, 2012), New Museum Triennial (New
York, 2012), 12th Istanbul Biennial (Turkey, 2011).
Since 2011 Oraib Toukan has been collaborating with Ala Younis on a project on found
film footage from the former Soviet cultural centers in Amman, and with digital builder
Matthew Epler, who designed a crowd-sourced database to globally identify 900
unknown film canisters. They have developed a peculiar archeology of research that
looks at early Palestinian film production, technocratic Soviet friendships, cine clubs, and
Russian language films in Amman.