Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme present a new online work as part of Dia’s long-standing series of Artist Web Projects. May amnesia never kiss us on the mouth revolves around the artists’ archived collection of online recordings, which feature anonymous figures in Palestine, Iraq, and Syria performing folkloric song, music, and dance. This material has been transcribed and translated into both Arabic and English texts, and is layered with original footage by the artists that captures performances by a younger generation of dancers and musicians from the region. Abbas and Abou-Rahme aim to assemble a body of knowledge in defiance of its continuous digital erasure.
Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme
Basel Abbas was born in Nicosia, Cyprus, in 1983. Ruanne Abou-Rahme was born in Boston in 1983. Abbas and Abou-Rahme live and work in New York City and Ramallah.