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Oraib Toukan



Remind me to remember to forget

2006 | Single-Channel Video, 2’50’’
By Oraib Toukan

Previous showings
Valencia/Sao Paulo Biennial, 2007
Espace SD/ X-anadu, Beirut 2006
ART OMI, New York, 2006

Remind me to remember to forget is a video that posits Middle Eastern memory as a memory that has somehow been "made-to-forget," a "memory" that has become accustomed to being raped, eradicated, and disposed of right before it shifts from present to past.

Entranced by the absurd US media coverage of the 2006 Israeli war on Lebanon, Oraib Toukan obsessively wrote and re-wrote the phrase ‘remind me to remember to forget,’ until the words and their meaning were eventually explored in a video.

In a split screen format, Remind me to remember to forget depicts two separate but synchronized performances. On one half of the screen, the phrase is frantically written in gold glitter and then inhaled through a red, white, and blue nozzle. On the other half of the screen is a close up shot of a throat that concurrently breathes in and out.

Set to the mind-numbingly hypnotizing sound of stifled breathing, the artist is suggestively seen remembering to forget...to erase all that she recollects…even the phrase that reminds her to do so.

 



 
 

See also:

> Counting Memories, by Oraib Toukan
Remind me to remember to forget - video
The New Middle East - interactive installation
One donkey and three phrases - video installation
Man with a tattoo - photography
Icon Series - photography
Trying to count memories without laughter’s disruption - video
Good Morning Beirut - installation

Contemplating Oraib Toukan’s Counting Memories by Nat Muller
Review by Sama Alshaibi
Review by Pierre Abi Saab


> Au Detour du Jourdain, photography by Farida Hamak

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