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40 Under 40 Middle East

Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme

4 September 2019

Ramallah and New York

With a multimedia practice that includes text, installation and performance, Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme use historical archives, archaeological artefacts, poetry, underground music and digital imagery to explore the relationship between cultural memory, myth, and ‘official’ accounts of history. They have performed at various institutions including the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin and the Serpentine in London, and their work has been exhibited at venues including the Beirut Art Center, Kunstverein in Hamburg, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge and at the Sharjah and Istanbul biennials. They won the Abraaj Group Art Prize in 2016 and were shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize in 2019.

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