Oraib Toukan was born in Boston in 1977 and was raised in Jordan, where she has lived most of her life. She holds interdisciplinary degrees in Geography and Information Systems (MSc) combined with Fine Arts and Photography (MFA). In 2008 she received a full two-year Fellowship Award from Jacob Javitz, as well as MAWRED, YATF, and AFAC. In 2009, she was an artist in residence at Delfina, London and was also artist in residence that same year at Artist Alliance in New York city, where she has been based since 2007. Oraib Toukan works across media in photography, video, text and installation, often using politics and current affairs as source material.