Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme

Born Nicosia, Cyprus and Boston, USA 1983. Currently work together between Ramallah and New York.

Using sound, image, text, installation and performance, Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme’s practice is located between the intersections of performativity, political imaginaries, the body and virtuality.

They have been developing a body of work that questions the suspension of the present and searches for ways in which an altogether different imaginary and language can emerge, outside colonial/capitalist narratives and discourse. 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 ideas of non-linearity in the form of returns, amnesia and deja vu, and in the process unfolding the slippages between actuality and projection (fiction, myth, wish), between what something is and what it could be. They are also founding members of the sound and image performance group Tashweesh.

The artists received the Abraaj Group Art Prize 2016 and the Sharjah Biennial Prize in 2015, were fellows at Akademie der Kunste der Welt in Cologne in 2013 and artists in residence at the Delfina Foundation, London in 2009.

Solo exhibitions include: Only the beloved keeps our secrets, The Gallery at Tyneside Cinema (Newcastle, 2016); And Yet My Mask is Powerful, Carroll / Fletcher (London, 2016); The Incidental Insurgents, ICA (Philadelphia, 2015), Office for Contemporary Art (Oslo, 2015);

Recent group exhibitions include: House of Commons, Portikus, Frankfurt; This Sea Is Mine, Qalandiya International, Ramallah (both 2016); Political Populism, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; the 12th Sharjah Biennale; Lest The Two Seas Meet, Warsaw Museum Of Modern Art (all 2015); the 31st São Paulo Biennial; 10th Gwangju Biennale; Insert 2014, New Delhi (all 2014);

Selected recent performances have taken place at: theHammer Museum (Los Angeles, 2015); HKW House of World Culture (Berlin, 2013); Tanzquartier (Vienna,2013); Serpentine Pavilion (London, 2013); 4th Guangzhou Triennial (2012); TBA 21 (Vienna, 2012); De Balle (Amsterdam, 2011); Beirut Art Centre (2011); Ars Cameralis (Katowice, 2011); The South Bank Centre (London, 2010); Danish Film Institute (Copenhagen, 2010) and CCA (Glasgow, 2010).


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4000-110 Porto, Portugal