And yet my mask is powerful is among the most ambitious of Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme‘s works to date. The five-screen video installation was informed by a series of trips by the artists and collaborators to the sites of destroyed Palestinian villages; the work includes found and fabricated objects as well as new video and sound material.
Drawing on a visual and aural lexicon refined by Abbas and Abou-Rahme in their critically acclaimed project The Incidental Insurgents (2012-2015), And yet my mask is powerful offers an immersive experience conceived as a counterpoint to today’s all-pervasive imagery of crisis. In this piece, the artists use the site of trauma as a crucible, a place from which to imagine an alternative narrative, informed by the past but turned towards the future.
The exhibition is the first in a series at the new Project Space featuring single works from the Jameel Art Collection.
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