A Tale of a Tub presents: Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme in context

Hoezo in Kino

This evening A Tale of a Tub and KINO present recent films by artist duo Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme (Palestine), in relation to classics by Waël Noureddine (Lebanon) and Mounir Fatmi (Morocco). Film-critic Olivier Hadouchi and art historian Karima Boudou will discuss the artists’ search for an alternative political language and aesthetic. The film screening is organized in the framework of the exhibition We know what it is for, we who have used it by Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, which is on view at A Tale of a Tub until November 4.

Speelduur: 150 minuten


Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme
>The Incidental Insurgents: The Part About The Bandits (Part 1), 6′ 07”, 2012-2015.
>The Incidental Insurgents: Unforgiving Years (Part 2), 6′ 20”, 2012-2015.
>The Incidental Insurgents: When The Fall Of The Dictionary Leaves All Words Lying In The Street (Part 3), 12′ 53”, 2012-2015.

>And Yet My Mask Is Powerful Pt 1, 8′ 25”, 2016.

Mounir Fatmi
>Face au silence, 11′ 43″, 2002-2014

Waël Noureddine
>Ça sera beau, From Beyrouth with love, 30′, 2005.

Abbas & Abou-Rahme in context
In their work the artists and filmmakers Abbas and Abou-Rahme sample sound, image, text and objects from different places and times. With their films, sound-works and installations they reconsider the circulation and value of images and offer new ways to understand history and a sense of time and place in the Middle East. In their films they create hyper-sensory audiovisual landscapes rooted in the real. These immersive new worlds then suggest an escape from, or alternative to colonial narratives and discourse by drawing the contours of a parallel or even a-historical time.

During the screening at KINO Olivier and Boudou will contextualize Abbas & Abou-Rahme’s work by drawing lines with the films by Fatmi andNoureddine, focusing on their use of (moving) image and inter-titles as a way to explore spatial politics, geopolitical fragmentation, and forms of entanglement between the destruction of bodies and the erasure of images, and under which conditions they might return.

About A Tale of a Tub
A Tale of a Tub is an exhibition-space based, based in the former bathhouse of the Justus van Effencomplex in Rotterdam. A Tale of a Tub is committed to supporting developments in contemporary art and to investigate their meaning within today’s society, by offering offers a testing-ground for artists and other art professionals to explore new ideas.