Ayreen and Rene participated in the 2009 Jerusalem Show: Jerusalem Syndrome with What Everybody Knows, which was produced between 2008-2009.
Ayreen Anastas was born in Bethlehem, Palestine. She currently lives in Brooklyn. Anastas is one of the organizers of the 16 Beaver group, an artist community that functions as a social and collaborative space on 16 Beaver street in downtown Manhattan, where the group hosts panel discussions, film series, artist talks, radio recordings, reading groups and more. Anastas’ recent artistic projects and exhibitions include: Pasolini Pa* Palestine filmed while at Al-Ma’mal residency in Jerusalem in 2003 (shown at Homeworks III, Beirut 2005, and at Hebbel Theater, Berlin 2006), M* of Bethlehem (shown at Kettles Yard, Cambridge, 2009, Argos festival in Brussels 2005 and at CCA Glasgow — In the poem about love you don’t write the word love? 2005), Thus I spoke, and ever more softly: for I feared my own thoughts and hinterthoughts (shown in Never Part, at BOZAR, Brussels. 2008 and at Homeworks V, Beirut 2010).
Rene Gabri was born in Tehran and now lives in New York. He is interested in the complex mechanisms which constitute the world around us. His works employ a wide array of means, often loitering at the thresholds of cultural practice, social thought and politics. Although his works have been shown internationally, his inhibited or unfinished projects far outnumber his exhibited ones. Together with Erin McGonigle and Heimo Lattner, Gabri has worked as e-Xplo, a collective, which has developed a vast group of largely public works engaging specific sites stretching from the mountain tops of Colorado to the shores of Sharjah. He organizes a yearly 10 week seminar on a topic of his choosing at the University of Architecture in Venice (IUAV).
Ayreen Anastas' and Rene Gabri's collaborative projects have evolved a great deal through their work at 16Beaver. Their Radioactive Discussion series was a physical counterpart to their fictional Homeland Security Cultural Bureau project. The artists recently had a solo exhibition entitled 'eine welt ein thema ein korn ein zeichen ein lied ein spaziergang ein lächeln eine wand eine notiz ein datum eine karte eine und eine frage' at Kunstverein Arnsberg (2011). Other collaborations include: Camp Campaign, Artist talk, Radio Active, United We Stand, What Everybody Knows, Eden Resonating, 7X77, Case Sensitive America and more.