Eric Gottesman and Toleen Touq

Rail Diary (2011), Eric Gottesman & Toleen Touq, photo: eric gottesman

ERIC GOTTESMAN is an artist who explores the power dynamics of transnational image production through collec- tive authorship, investigation of the colloquial and examination of processes that fall outside the contemporary canon. Gottesman’s awards include the apexart Franchise Award, an Aaron Siskind Foundation Fellowship, and a Fulbright Fellowship in Art. In 2012, he will be artist-in-residence at Amherst College and Umbrage Editions will publish his first collaborative monograph.

TOLEEN TOUQ is an independent cultural operator based in Amman, Jordan. Since 2009 she has directed and curated the yearly Hakaya storytelling festival and in 2010 was outreach and education manager at the first Karama human rights film festival. She is also engaged in initiating projects and programs that expand the relationship between arts, culture and politics through audio interventions, public discussions and social activism. In 2011 she initiated the Complaints Choir project in Jordan, and was the awarded the Apexart Franchise program grant to curate the exhibition We Have Woven the Motherlands with Nets of Iron.

In A Prior #22 Picasso in Palestine, Toleen Touq (Jordan) and Eric Gottesman (US) made a Rail Diary report on their trip from southern Jordan to Istanbul. Along the way, they gathered stories and historical research and, equally important, they establish parallels with the Yasmin Revolution while it was happening.