Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme work together across sound, image, text, installation, and performance. Their practice probes a contemporary landscape marked by seemingly perpetual crisis, shaped by a politics of desire and disaster.
Together they have been developing a body of work that questions this suspension of the present, searching for ways in which a different imaginary and language can emerge—one that is not bound within colonial/capitalist narratives and discourses.
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, they unfold slippages between actuality and projection (fiction, myth, wish)—what is and what could be.
Largely, Abbas and Abou-Rahme’s approach has been one of sampling, drawing on materials both existing and self-authored. They take sound, image, text, and objects, recasting them into new ‘scripts’. The result is a practice that investigates the political, visceral, and material possibilities of sound, image, text, and site, taking on the form of multi-media installations and live sound/image performances.
Their works and writings has been featured in publications such as Frieze, Art in America, and Moving Image (edited by Omar Kholeif).