Biography

Basel Abbas work together with Ruanne Abou-Rahme across a range of sound, image, installation and performance practices. Their work explores the politics of desire and disaster, subjectivity and the absurdities of contemporary practices of power.

Through registers of the actual, and imagined, they investigate the material impact of sound, image and environment in their installations and live sound/ image performances.

Solo exhibitions include The Incidental Insurgents, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, USA (2015); The Incidental Insurgents, Alte Feuerwache, Cologne, Germany (2014); The Zone, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK (2011) and Collapse, Delfina Foundation, London (2009).

Recent group exhibitions include Lest The Two Seas Meet, Warsaw Museum Of Modern Art, Poland (2015), São Paulo Biennial (2014); Gwangju Biennale, Korea (2014); Insert, New Delhi (2014); Asian Art Biennale, Taiwan (2013); Istanbul Biennial (2013); Points of Departure, Institute of Contemporary Art, London (2013); Future Movements – Jerusalem, the Liverpool Biennial, UK (2010); The 23es Instants Video Festival in Marseilles and Oran, Bluecoat Art Centre, Liverpool, UK (2010); HomeWorks 5, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon (2010); Delfina Foundation, London (2009) and Venice Biennale (2009).

Recent performances have taken place at the House of World Culture, Berlin (2013); Tanzquartier, Vienna (2013); Serpentine Gallery, London, (
2013); Guangzhou Triennial, China (2012); Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna (2012); De Balle, Amsterdam (2011); Beirut Art Centre, Lebanon (2011); Ars Cameralis Katowice, London (2011); The South Bank Centre, London (2010); Danish Film Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark (2010) and Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, Scotland (2010).

This person was part of Sharjah Biennial 12