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Shuruq Harb

A Book of Signatures

31 March — 16 May 2010

Tower Room Exhibition

Palestinian artist Shuruq Harb shows A Book of Signatures (2009), a work which contains the signatures of 250 individuals named Mohammed
who live in Palestine.

Combining a handmade book, bound in leather, embossed in English and Arabic, and a digital projection of the collected signatures, it incorporates both traditional and modern ways of archiving information.

According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, around 250,000 people (13.5% of the Palestinian population) living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip are named Mohammed, making it the most common name there. The artist’s process of signature collection is indicative of an already
existent social network, as each ‘Mohammed’ introduces other ‘Mohammeds’.

A booklet accompanies the exhibition, priced £2.