Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme with Tashweesh
BIOSBasel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme (b.1983) work together across a range of sound, image, text, installation and performance practices. Their practice, largely research based, is engaged in the intersections between performativity, political imaginaries, the body and virtuality. Across their works they probe a contemporary landscape marked by seemingly perpetual crisis and an endless ‘present’, one that is shaped by a politics of desire and disaster. In their projects, they find themselves excavating, activating and inventing incidental narratives, figures, gestures and sites as material for re-imagining the possibilities of the present. Largely their approach has been one of sampling materials both existing and self-authored in the form of sound, image, text, objects and recasting them into altogether new ‘scripts’. The result is a practice that investigates the political, visceral, material possibilities of sound, image, text and site, taking on the form of multimedia installations and live sound/image performances.
Solo presentations include Kunstverein Hamburg (Hamburg), Krannert Art Museum (Illinois), Alt Bomonti (Istanbul), ICA (Philadelphia), Office for Contemporary Art (Oslo), Carroll/Fletcher (London), Akademie Der Kuenste Der Welt (Cologne), New Art Exchange (Nottingham) and Delfina Foundation (London). Selected group exhibitions include Kunstgebaude Stuttgart (Stuttgart), Portikus (Frankfurt), The Mistake Room (Los Angeles), SeMa Biennale (Seoul), Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna), Museum Of Modern Art (Warsaw), ICA (London), the 12th Sharjah Biennale, the 31st São Paulo Biennial; the 10th Gwangju Biennale; the 13th Istanbul Biennial; the 6th Jerusalem Show; HomeWorks 5 (Beirut); and Palestine c/o Venice at the 53rd Venice Biennale.
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 in 2015 and The Abraaj Prize in 2016. Their most recent publication ‘And Yet Amy Mask Is Powerful’ is published by Printed Matter in New York.
Muqata'a is a musician and MC who creates music from sampled material, field recordings and electronic devices. The results range from hip-hop beats to glitch. His albums include Inkanakuntu (2018), Dubt Al-Ghubar (2017), La Lisana Lah(2017) and Hayawan Nateq (2013). Muqata’a is also the co-founder of the Ramallah Underground collective (2003–2009) and Tashweesh, a sound and image performance group in collaboration with artists Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme. He has composed several international and local film scores, as well as dance theater performances, and is now working on different collaborative and solo projects. Upcoming and recent performances include Sonar Festival (Barcelona), Boiler Room (Ramallah), CTM Festival (Berlin). His most recent album Inkanakuntu is out on Discrepant records.