Basel Abbas And Ruanne Abou-Rahme
Wavelength Lecture Series
September 20, 2022 at 7pm
Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme
Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme (b.1983) work together across a range of sound, image, text, installation and performance practices. Their practice, largely research based, is engaged in the intersections between performativity, political imaginaries, the body and virtuality. Across their works they probe a contemporary landscape marked by seemingly perpetual crisis and an endless ‘present’, one that is shaped by a politics of desire and disaster. In their projects, they find themselves excavating, activating and inventing incidental narratives, figures, gestures and sites as material for re-imagining the possibilities of the present. Largely their approach has been one of sampling materials both existing and self-authored in the form of sound, image, text, objects and recasting them into altogether new ‘scripts’. The result is a practice that investigates the political, visceral, material possibilities of sound, image, text and site, taking on the form of multi-media installations and live sound/image performances.
Solo presentations include Migros Museum (Zurich), The Museum of Modern Art (New York), The Art Institute of Chicago, Kunstverein Hamburg (Hamburg), Krannert Art Museum (Illinois), Alt Bomonti (Istanbul), ICA (Philadelphia), Office for Contemporary Art (Oslo), Carroll/Fletcher (London), Akademie Der Kuenste Der Welt (Cologne), New Art Exchange (Nottingham) and Delfina Foundation (London). Selected group exhibitions include Kunstgebaude Stuttgart (Stuttgart), Portikus (Frankfurt), The Mistake Room (Los Angeles), SeMa Biennale (Seoul), Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna), Museum Of Modern Art (Warsaw), ICA (London), the 12th Sharjah Biennale, the 31st São Paulo Biennial, the 10th Gwangju Biennale, the 13th Istanbul Biennial, the 6th Jerusalem Show, HomeWorks 5 (Beirut), and Palestine c/o Venice at the 53rd Venice Biennale.
They were fellows at Akademie der Kunste der Welt in Cologne in 2013 and artists in residence at the Delfina Foundation, London in 2009. They are recipients of the New York Artadia Prize in 2021, the Sharjah Biennale Prize in 2015, and The Abraaj Prize in 2016. Their most recent publication ‘And Yet my Mask Is Powerful’ is published by Printed Matter in New York. Their current project May amnesia never kiss us on the mouth is being released in three parts with Dia Art Foundation as part of their Artist Web Projects.