Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme work together across a range of sound, image, text, installation and performance practices. Their practice probes a contemporary landscape marked by seemingly perpetual crisis and an endless “present”, one that is increasingly shaped by a politics of desire and disaster. They have been developing a body of work that questions this suspension of the present and searches for ways in which an altogether different imaginary can emerge. 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. Often reflecting on the idea of returns, amnesia and deja vu, and in the process unfolding the slippages between actuality and projection (fiction, myth, wish), what is and what could be. Their practice, largely research based, frequently investigates the spatio-temporal resonances of seemingly disparate moments. Overwhelmingly 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 visceral, material possibilities of sound, image, text and site, taking on the form of multi-media installations and live sound/image performances.

Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme
Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme
Nicosia, Cyprus and Boston, 1983

Past Exhibitions

Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme: And yet my mask is powerful

Alt Art Space 15/02/2017 — 16/04/2017

Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme: And yet my mask is powerful

09/09/2016 — 29/10/2016

Do it بالعربي

Sharjah Art Gallery/Bait Obaid Al Shamsi 23/01/2016 — 23/04/2016

Solo Shows


Carroll / Fletcher, London


Unforgiving Years: The Incidental Insurgents, Part 2, Carroll / Fletcher, London
The Incidental Insurgents, Part 1 and 2, OCA, Oslo, Norway
The Incidental Insurgents, Part 1 and 2, ICA, Philadelphia


The Incidental Insurgents, Part 2: Unforgiving Years, AKW, Cologne, Germany


The Zone, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK

Group Shows


Histories of a Vanishing Present: Chapter 1, The Mistake Room, Los Angeles


Political Populism, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
Great Tricks From Your Future, Downtown Contemporary Art Festival, Cairo, Egypt
12th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, UAE (Recipients of the Sharjah Biennial Prize)
Lest The Two Seas Meet, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland


The Incidental Insurgents, 10th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea
The Incidental Insurgents, 31st Sao Paulo Biennial, Sao Paulo
El futuro no espera, La Capella, Barcelona, Spain
Tentura and Antitentura, Studio of Young Artists’ Association, Budapest, Hungary
Now Showing: A Group Exhibition of Artists Films, Carroll / Fletcher, London
Private Nationalism, m21 Gallery, Pecs, Hungary
Insert 2014 curated by Raqs Media Collective, New Delhi


The Incidental Insurgents, 13th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul
4th Asian Art Biennial National Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
Points Of Departure, ICA, London


6th Jerusalem Show, Jerusalem
Presenting Absence, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham, UK
Loop, Al Hoash Gallery, Jerusalem

Collapse, De Balie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Re-View Videonale, Rondo Sztuki Gallery, Katowice, Poland


6th Liverpool Biennale, Future Movements: Jerusalem, Liverpool, UK
NY LYD Images Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
Homeworks V, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon
23es Instants Video, Marseille, France
Twice Is Too Much, Freies Museum, Berlin, Germany
Arabicity, The Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, UK


53rd Venice Biennale, Palestinian Pavilion, Venice

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Nicosia, Cyprus and Boston Date of birth: 1983 Lives in: Ramallah and New York