“And yet my mask is powerful” (2016) marks Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme‘s first major solo show at Carroll / Fletcher, and their most ambitious presentation in the UK to date. The project’s multimedia installations feature new video and sound material, as well as found and fabricated objects ranging from plants collected on location to replicas of the world’s oldest masks dating from the beginning of the Neolithic Era.
Drawing on a visual and aural lexicon refined by Abbas and Abou-Rahme in their critically acclaimed project The Incidental Insurgents (2012-2015), And yet my mask is powerful offers an immersive experience conceived as a counterpoint to today’s all-pervasive imagery of crisis. In this piece, the artists use the site of trauma as a crucible, a place from which to imagine an alternative narrative, informed by the past but turned towards the future.
- Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, And yet my mask is powerful