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Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme’s May amnesia never kiss us on the mouth

April 23, 2022 – June 26, 2022

The Museum of Modern Art

Installation view of Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme: May amnesia never kiss us on the mouth on view in the Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Studio at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, from April 23 through June 26, 2022. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar

The Museum of Modern Art presents Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme’s May amnesia never kiss us on the mouth (2020–ongoing) in the Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Studio, April 23 through June 26, 2022. Over the past decade, artists Basel Abbas (Palestinian, b. 1983) and Ruanne Abou-Rahme (Palestinian American, b. 1983) have collected, sampled, and created audiovisual materials, recasting them into new multimedia works. Taking the contemporary moment in Palestine as a point of departure, their research-based practice imagines new artistic and political possibilities through sound, image, and text. In the multipart project May amnesia…, the artists bring together found and self-authored footage to examine how communities bear witness to experiences of violence, loss, displacement, and forced migration through song and dance. This evolving work, co-commissioned by MoMA and Dia Art Foundation, is presented as an online platform for the Artist Web Projects series at Dia and an immersive installation with performances at MoMA. The exhibition in MoMA’s Kravis Studio brings the footage into the gallery through an immersive, multichannel sound and moving-image installation titled Only sounds that tremble through us.

The Kravis Studio will host a series of ticketed, evening performances that take the May amnesia… archive as inspiration. Abbas and Abou-Rahme will present a new two-person performance titled an echo buried, buried, but calling still (2022). For selected performances, electronic musicians will also contribute new work that responds to the exhibition. Capacity is limited; tickets may be purchased on moma.org beginning one month before each performance date.

Performance Schedule

Saturday, June 4, 7:30 p.m. – Hiro Kone

Sunday, June 5, 7:30 p.m. – SCRAAATCH

Saturday, June 11, 7:30 p.m. – Muqata’a

Sunday, June 12, 7:30 p.m. – Jam session with Basel Abbas, Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Hiro Kone, and Muqata’a

Thursday, June 23, 7:30 p.m. – Abbas and Abou-Rahme’s an echo buried, buried, but calling still

Saturday, June 25, 7:30 p.m. – Abbas and Abou-Rahme’s an echo buried, buried, but calling still
This performance will conclude with a conversation with the artists and MoMA curator Martha Joseph.

Sunday, June 26, 7:30 p.m. – Abbas and Abou-Rahme’s an echo buried, buried, but calling still

 

May amnesia never kiss us on the mouth is co-commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Dia Art Foundation, New York.

Organized at MoMA by Martha Joseph, The Phyllis Ann and Walter Borten Assistant Curator of Media and Performance.

The exhibition is presented as part of The Hyundai Card Performance Series.

Major support is provided by MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Director’s Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art.

Generous funding is provided by the Lonti Ebers Endowment for Performance and the Sarah Arison Endowment Fund for Performance.

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Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme. Still from May amnesia never kiss us on the mouth, 2020-ongoing. Courtesy the artists

Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme. Still from May amnesia never kiss us on the mouth, 2020-ongoing. Courtesy the artists

Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme. Still from May amnesia never kiss us on the mouth, 2020-ongoing. Courtesy the artists

Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme. Still from May amnesia never kiss us on the mouth, 2020-ongoing. Courtesy the artists

Installation view of Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme: May amnesia never kiss us on the mouth on view  in the Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Studio at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, from  April 23 through June 26, 2022. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar © 2022 The Museum of Modern Art

Installation view of Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme: May amnesia never kiss us on the mouth on view  in the Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Studio at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, from  April 23 through June 26, 2022. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar  © 2022 The Museum of Modern Art

Installation view of Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme: May amnesia never kiss us on the mouth on view in the Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Studio at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, from April 23 through June 26, 2022. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar

Installation view of Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme: May amnesia never kiss us on the mouth on view  in the Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Studio at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, from  April 23 through June 26, 2022. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar  © 2022 The Museum of Modern Art