Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme (Ramallah and New York)

Only the Beloved Keeps Our Secrets

The premier screening of the artist duo’s latest film, reflecting their practice around ideas of returns, amnesia and déjà vu, sampling and recasting stories, gestures and sites into altogether new ‘scripts’ of seemingly disparate moments that blur the line between fiction, myth and wish.

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Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme work as an artist-duo across a range of sound, image, text, installation and performance practices. Their works use incidental narratives, figures, gestures and sites as material for re-imagining the possibilities of the present, often reflecting on the idea of returns, amnesia and deja vu, blurring the line between fiction, myth, and wish. Recent solo and group exhibitions include Unforgiving Years: The Incidental Insurgents, Part 2, Carroll / Fletcher, London (2015); The Incidental Insurgents, Part 1 and 2, ICA, Philadelphia (2015); Burning Down the House, 10th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju (2014); 4th Asian Art Biennial National Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei (2013); Points Of Departure, ICA, London (2013); Collapse, Delfina Foundation, London (2009)

Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Only The Beloved Keeps Our Secrets, 2016. Video still, 10 min 5 sec. Courtesy of Artists and The Abraaj Group Art Prize.

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