We Have Woven The Motherlands With Nets of Iron! Winner of the 2011 apexart Franchise. Co-curated with Toleen Touq After the rise and fall of empires, what is left of the withered dream to transcend physical and metaphysical borders? This exhibition, We Have Woven the Motherlands with Nets of Iron! (the title is taken from words spoken by a Turkish general praising the Ottoman-built rail networks), brings together artists from the countries involved with the Hejaz railway built from Medina to Istanbul in 1908 in a bid to explore the possibilities of, and barriers to, regional cohesion. By holding the exhibition in the Giza station on the edge of the Jordanian desert, we repopulate the Hejaz Railway with artworks, installations, and performances that use remnants of the rail lines and that explore the contemporary relevance of the train and the time in which it was built. Our curatorial blog can be found here.