Ruanne abu Rahme & Basel Abbas
The Incidental Insurgents
A Story in Parts:
The Part about The Bandits
2012, video and installation
A search begins with three seemingly disparate coordinates; the early anarchist life of Victor Serge and his contemporary bandits in Paris in the 1910s; Abu Jilda and Arameet and their bandit gang involved in a rebellion against the British in Palestine in the 1930s, and the artist as the quintessential bandit in Roberto Bolaño’s novel The Savage Detectives set in Mexico in the 1970s. Weaving the first part of the story by looking at the resonance between the inspiring, bizarre, and sometimes tragic stories of these diverse bandits, the outsider rebel par excellence.
Meant as an investigation into the possibilities for the future rather then the past, a convoluted detective story situated in multiple times starts to emerge. Initiating a journey where the artists try to figure out how we again, like the bandits before us, find ourselves inhabiting a moment full of radical potential and disillusionment, in continual search of a language for the moment.
Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme explore issues to do with the politics of desire and disaster, spatial politics, subjectivity, and the absurdities of contemporary practices of power, often finding themselves investigating spatio-temporal resonances in the relation between the actual, imagined, and remembered. Their practice increasingly examines the immersive, experiential possibilities of sound, image, and environment, taking on the form of interdisciplinary installations and live audiovisual performances. They have exhibited and performed internationally and most recently founded the sound and image performance collective Tashweesh. Recent exhibitions and performances include the 4th Guangzhou Triennial (2012), TBA21 (Vienna, 2012), New Art Exchange (Nottingham, 2011), Home Works 5 (Beirut, 2010), The 6th Liverpool Biennial (2010), and 53rd Venice Biennale (2009). They are fellows at Akademie der Kunste der Welt Cologne for 2013.