Jordan Cucumber

TOM BOGAERT

Jordan Cucumber (2010)
acrylic paint and tape on fresh cucumbers
24 x ( 12 × 3 ) cm

The Jordan Option refers to a situation by which Palestinians are obliged to migrate to Jordan in order to acquire freedom as citizens.

Khalid Mishal, the leader of Hamas jokingly dubbed this situation the Jordan cucumber, since the Arabic word ‘khiyar’ translates as both ‘option’ and ‘cucumber.’

This wordplay becomes the starting point for the Jordan Cucumber project. It consists of painted rotting cucumbers, a translucent greenhouse, and a video.

Inspired by ‘Kill Khalid – the Failed Mossad Assassination of Khalid Mishal and the Rise of Hamas’ by Paul McGeough, The New York Press, 2009.

Al-Akhbar
JO Magazine