Contributor Bios

Basel Abbas

Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou Rahme work together across a range of sound, image, text, installation and performance practices. Their practice probes a contemporary landscape marked by seemingly perpetual crisis and an endless ‘present’, one that is increasingly shaped by a politics of desire and disaster, often reflecting on the idea of returns, amnesia and deja vu, and in the process unfolding the slippages between actuality and projection. They had solo presentations at ICA (Philadelphia); Office for Contemporary Art (Oslo); Carroll/Fletcher (London); Akademie Der Kuenste Der Welt (Cologne); New Art Exchange (Nottingham); Delfina Foundation (London) and group exhibitions at Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna); Museum Of Modern Art (Warsaw); ICA (London); 12th Sharjah Biennale; 31st São Paulo Biennial; 10th Gwangju Biennale; 13th Istanbul Biennial; 6th Jerusalem Show; HomeWorks 5 (Beirut); and Palestine c/o Venice at 53rd Venice Biennale. They held performances at The Hammer Museum (Los Angeles); House of World Culture (Berlin); Tanzquartier (Vienna); Serpentine Pavilion (London); 4th Guangzhou Triennial (Guangzhou); TBA21 (Vienna); De Balie (Amsterdam); Beirut Art Centre (Beirut); Danish Film Institute (Copenhagen); and CCA (Glasgow). They were fellows at Akademie der Kunste der Welt in Cologne in 2013 and artists in residence at the Delfina Foundation, London in 2009. They are recipients of the Sharjah Biennale Prize (2015) and The Abraaj Prize (2016).