Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme’s exhibition “And yet my mask is powerful” followed the same formal logic the artists honed in their three-part project The Incidental Insurgents, 2011–15, which combined a range of reference pointsfrom Jean-Luc Godard to Victor Serge and Roberto Bolañointo an archive assemblage and film installation. But whereas The Incidental Insurgents presents a kind of road trip, this exhibition offered a journey on foot and up close, expressed through a collection of objects, documents, and notes, and an immersive multiscreen video projection about a group of young Palestinians exploring various locations around their homeland. The video’s text (in English and in Arabic) is taken from Adrienne Rich’s 1972 poem “Diving into the Wreck,” the extracted lines forming an abstract narrative of the search for a wreck (THE THING ITSELF / AND NOT THE MYTH)
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