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May amnesia never kiss us on the mouth (Part II) Launch: Conversation and Performance

March 5, 2022

Saturday, March 5, 3 pm

Dia Chelsea
537 West 22nd Street
New York, New York


Dia Art Foundation and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, are pleased to present a multipart work by Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme: May amnesia never kiss us on the mouth (2020– ). This evolving project, co-commissioned by Dia and MoMA, is presented online as an Artist Web Project hosted by Dia and as an exhibition at MoMA opening April 23, 2022. The online project launched on December 10, 2020, with Postscript: after everything is extracted, a reflection on the act of mourning. Part II of the project, launching on March 5, 2022, is an expansion of the digital platform that features the artists’ extensive collection of online recordings of people singing and dancing in communal spaces in Iraq, Palestine, and Syria. These are layered with new performances created with dancer Rima Baransi and electronic musicians Haykal, Julmud, and Makimakkuk, from Palestine.

To celebrate the launch of Part II, Dia will host a conversation about the project with writer and curator Omar Berrada; theorist, historian, and artist Jill H. Casid; and Abbas and Abou-Rahme. The discussion will be followed by a DJ set and performance by Julmud, transmitted from Ramallah, Palestine.

Audio: May amnesia never kiss us on the mouth (Part II) Launch: Conversation and Performance, Audio

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