- October 3, 2016
Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme
2009 |Video, Sound| 8 mins 20 sec
Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection
Collapse is a sound and video installation, which uses as its starting point an assemblage of audio and film archive material. The compiled footage brings together imaginary and actual moments of resistance and loss, and highlights the disruptions that shape shared histories of struggle, in Palestine and elsewhere. Somewhere between reality and fiction, absence and presence, nostalgia and déjà -vu, the installation explores an anxious and obsessive state of being, a fractional condition obscured by repetition, forgetfulness, and the subsequent feelings of impotence and frustration. A fragmented, anachronic and a-temporal dialogue ensues, set to a soundscape sourced from news footage, archive material, and field recordings. Collapse questions an incomplete memory ‘made-to-forget’, and eradicated right before its transition from present to past. The installation embodies the artists’ attempt to trace the historical momentum, which leads to a general breakdown, and to gather the fragments that were left behind, whilst making visible the disjuncture of the present.
DATE: NOVEMBER 4-6, 2016
TIME: All DAY
Photo: Courtesy the artists and Carroll / Fletcher, London