Artist

Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme

Born in Nicosia, Cyprus and Boston, 1983 and lives in Ramallah and New York

Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme
Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme

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.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Do it بالعربي
“Do it” بالعربي [in Arabic] – a new project organised by Sharjah Art Foundation....
23 Jan 2016 - 23 Apr 2016
Exhibitions
Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme: And yet my mask is powerful
“And yet my mask is powerful” (2016) marks Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme‘s first...
09 Sep 2016 - 29 Oct 2016
Exhibitions
Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme: And yet my mask is powerful
The artists are presenting their most recent installation “And yet my mask is powerful“,...
15 Feb 2017 - 16 Apr 2017
Exhibitions
Looking at one thing and thinking of something else: An Exhibition in Four Parts, part III
2016 could be considered as the year during which the “real” world crashed on contemporary art (Brexit,...
13 Jan 2017 - 04 Mar 2017