Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme (b.1983) live and work together in Ramallah and incorporate a range of sound, image, installation and performance into their artistic practice. Their work explores issues connected to the politics of desire and disaster, spatial politics, subjectivity and the absurdities of contemporary practices of power, often finding themselves investigating spatio-temporal resonances in the relation between the actual, the imagined and the remembered.
Their practice increasingly examines the immersive, experiential possibilities of sound, image and environment, taking on the form of interdisciplinary installations and live audio-visual performances.
Their work mostly consists of large-scale installations, much of which they reinterpret into a performance and publish online.
They have exhibited and performed internationally and most recently founded the sound and image performance collective Tashweesh in Ramallah with local artist boikutt. Recent exhibitions and performances include 31st São Paulo Biennial (São Paulo, 2014), 10th Gwangju Biennale (Gwangju, 2014), Asian Art Biennale (Taiwan, 2014), 13th Istanbul Biennale (Istanbul, 2013), the 6th Jerusalem Show (Jerusalem, 2012), 4th Guangzhou Triennial (Guangzhou, 2012), TBA 21 (Vienna, 2012), 5th Jerusalem Show (Jerusalem, 2011) New Art Exchange (Nottingham, 2011), Homeworks V (Beirut, 2010), The 6th Liverpool Biennale (2010) and the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009).
Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme have been fellows of the Academy of the Arts of the World in Cologne from December 2012 to August 2013.