Feb 4–Mar 22, 2015

Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme: The Incidental Insurgents

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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 the first US presentation of their sprawling, multi-segmented installation The Incidental Insurgents (2012–present). In The Incidental Insurgents: The Part about the Bandits and Part II: The Unforgiving Years, the first two chapters of their trilogy, 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. The installation was most recently exhibited at the 2014 Bienal de São Paulo.

This exhibition also serves as an incubator for the third and final chapter of the project. In line with their archive-based, research-driven practice, Abbas and Abou-Rahme will utilize the vast resources available at ICA through the University of Pennsylvania and other Philadelphia institutions to further develop Part III, which will debut at the Sharjah Biennial in March 2015.

This exhibition is organized by Assistant Curator Kate Kraczon, and will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue. The exhibition will be preceded by a related workshop organized in collaboration with Alex Klein, the Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber (CHE’60) Program Curator.

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Opening and Walkthrough: Winter 2015A Politics of Publishing: A Conversation with Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-RahmeCoffee and Conversation: Sound in Space, Sound from SpaceSeason Preview: Winter exhibitions open Wednesday, February 4Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme Win Sharjah Biennial PrizeFormer Intern Heather Holmes Reflects on Abbas & Ruane in The New Inquiry

Wed, Feb 4, 2015, 3:35AM
Opening and Walkthrough: Winter 2015
Books & Editions
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.
$30.00, ISBN 9780884541349
Publication Date
2016
Designer
Luke Bulman — Office
Publisher
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Support for Basel Abbas and Ruanne AbouRahme: The Incidental Insurgents has been provided by Kirk Kirkpatrick. ICA is always Free for All. Free admission is courtesy of Amanda and Glenn Fuhrman. ICA acknowledges the generous sponsorship of Barbara B. & Theodore R. Aronson for exhibition catalogues. Programming at ICA has been made possible in part by the Emily and Jerry Spiegel Fund to Support Contemporary Culture and Visual Arts and the Lise Spiegel Wilks and Jeffrey Wilks Family Foundation, and by Hilarie L. & Mitchell Morgan. Marketing is supported by Pamela Toub Berkman & David J. Berkman and by Lisa A. and Steven A. Tananbaum. Additional funding has been provided by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Dietrich Foundation, the Overseers Board for the Institute of Contemporary Art, friends and members of ICA, and the University of Pennsylvania. General operating support provided, in part, by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. ICA receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. ICA thanks La Colombe for providing complimentary coffee at public events. ICA acknowledges Le Méridien Philadelphia as our official Unlock ArtTM partner hotel.