Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, And yet my mask is powerful Part 1, 2016 / video still / Courtesy of the artists
Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme: The song is the call, and the land is calling
Jun 13 – Oct 20, 2024
Copenhagen Contemporary / The Glyptotek
Copenhagen, Denmark

In collaboration with Copenhagen Contemporary, the Glyptotek presents the exhibition The song is the call, and the land is calling with work by the Palestinian artist duo Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme. Simultaneously on view across Copenhagen Contemporary and the Glyptotek, the exhibition takes a deep dive into collective memory and the power of cultural expressions. Featuring both video and sound installations as well as sculptural archival displays, the exhibition undfolds in the slippages between erasures and reappearances, dispossession and resistance, histories of colonialism and attempts at new livelihoods.

The Glyptotek shows a newly commissioned installation by Abbas and Abou-Rahme rooted in the museum’s ancient collection, alongside three works from the artists’ long-term research project And yet my mask is powerful.

At the heart of the exhibition lies a collection of 9,000-year-old neolithic masks excavated in the West Bank and the surrounding areas. For many years, these masks were kept in private collections, hidden from public view until displayed at the Israel Museum in 2014. Visiting the exhibition online through a virtual tour, the artists decided to ‘hack’ the masks by replicating them using 3D-printing technology and subsequently returning the copies to the West Bank as an act of homecoming. Through poetry and political thinking, the exhibited works suggest an imaginative, or even parallel, time without occupation and colonial legacies.

Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme: The song is the call, and the land is calling
Jun 13 – Oct 20, 2024
Copenhagen Contemporary / The Glyptotek
Copenhagen, Denmark

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