[Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme with Tashweesh] Photo courtesy of artists
Photo courtesy of artists

Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme with Tashweesh

At those terrifying frontiers where the existence and disappearance of people fade into each other (part 2)

LAB Commission / World Premiere

At those terrifying frontiers where the existence and disappearance of people fade into each other (part 2) brings together a site-specific video and sound installation by Palestinian-American artists Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme and a new performance by Tashweesh, an improvised constellation that brings the artists together with musician/performer Muqata’a. Combining their different practices in a joint performance, using sound, music, and images, the result is an exploration of the collision between returns, erasure, and disruption.

From the returns of the land and stubborn vegetation that does not die, to artifacts that are reactivated as living matter, figures that return in virtual form, and disruptive bodies that keep reappearing on borders. Both the installation and performance address the intentional erosion of bodies, land, and structures in different forms, but also their re-appearance in and returns to spaces where they “should not be.” These projects invite us to consider the forms of entanglement between the destruction of bodies and the erasure of images, and the conditions under which these same bodies and images might once again reappear.
 
This program is a part of the 2019 Live Arts Bard Biennial: Where No Wall Remains.

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