Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme: The Incidental Insurgents

Designer
Luke Bulman — Office
Publisher
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Price
$30.00
ISBN
9780884541349
Pages
162
Year
2016
About

Taking the contemporary moment in Palestine as a starting point, New York and Ramallah-based artists Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme address the eclipsing of political radicality and the search for a new political imaginary in their sprawling, multi-segmented installation The Incidental Insurgents (2012–present). Abbas and Abou-Rahme fold Jean-Luc Godard into Roberto Bolaño into Victor Serge, using a suspiciously slick video component and a convoluted script made of sampled text and images. This catalogue focuses on the first two chapters of their trilogy—The Incidental Insurgents: The Part about the Bandits and Part II: The Unforgiving Years— which were on view at ICA in 2015. With an essay by ICA curator Kate Kraczon.