December 14–18, 2020
In conjunction with the launch of Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme’s digital commission Postscript: after everything is extracted—the first part of their larger project titled May amnesia never kiss us on the mouth (2020– ), co-commissioned by Dia and The Museum of Modern Art, New York—Dia is hosting a weeklong online screening of two recent films by the artists. Abbas and Abou-Rahme work together across a range of sound, image, text, installation, and performance practices. Engaged in the intersections between performativity, political imaginations, and virtuality, their work highlights counter-narratives that upend strategies of erasure particular to colonialist structures.
The films will be available here to view from Monday, December 14, 12 pm (EST) to Friday, December 18, 8 pm (EST).
Only the beloved keeps our secrets, 2016
And yet my mask is powerful Part 1, 2016–18
About Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme
Basel Abbas was born in Nicosia, Cyprus, in 1983. Ruanne Abou-Rahme was born in Boston in 1983. They have exhibited internationally, most recently at Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City, and Disjecta, Portland (all 2019). They have had additional solo exhibitions at, among others, Kunstverein Hamburg (2018); Alt Bomontiada, Istanbul (2017); Office for Contemporary Art, Oslo (2015); Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2014); Akademie der Künste der Welt, Cologne (2014); and Delfina Foundation, London (2009). In 2015 their work was included in the Sharjah Biennial, where they were awarded the Sharjah Biennial Prize. Abbas and Abou-Rahme both live in New York City and Ramallah.