In partnership with the Han Nefkens Foundation- Fundació Antoni Tàpies Video Art Production Award we are pleased to present The Jump, by 2019 award recipient Shuruq Harb. The Jump is a single-channel video that reflects on the act of leaping, both literally and figuratively, through a conversation with a blind Palestinian woman who retells her experience paragliding from the Caucasus Mountains. Harb was awarded the competitive prize for her incisive filmmaking providing a critical reading of contemporary existence; a poetic reflection on image production and how this is used in conflict zones.
The Han Nefkens Foundation – Fundació Antoni Tàpies Video Art Production Award supports the work of emerging artists aged 40 and under living in West or Central Asia who have established a solid trajectory but have not yet received recognition by international art institutions. Harb was awarded the competitive prize for her incisive filmmaking providing a critical reading of contemporary existence; a poetic reflection on image production and how this is used in conflict zones.
The work has been presented across five institutions partnering on the prize during 2020 and 2021; NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore; the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design in Manila, WIELS in Brussels; the Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona; and Jameel Arts Centre in Dubai.
Shuruq Harb (b. 1980) is a visual artist and writer based in Ramallah. Her artistic practice focuses on online visual culture and traces subversive routes for the circulation of images and goods. She is co-founder of “ArtTerritories” (2010–17), and “The River Has Two Banks” (2012–17), 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, Ikon Gallery, among others. Her latest film The White Elephant received the award for best short film at Cinéma du Réel Festival in Paris, 2018.
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