Listening Party and Conversation with Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme

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Installation image of And Yet My Mask is Powerful by Basel Abbas and Ruanne About-Rahme, containing assorted materials on a blue background
Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, And yet my mask is powerful, 2016. 3D-printed masks, tables, cork board, documents, images, drawings, books, tools, cardboard boxes, wooden pallet, bricks, natural materials, house remains/foundations, broken ceramics, garbage, mini projections. Courtesy of the artists.
Apr 6, 2018 - 5 pm
Channing-Murray Foundation Chapel, 1209 West Oregon Street, Urbana

Join the artists and Maryam Kashani, faculty in Gender and Women’s Studies and Asian American Studies; Jodi Byrd, faculty in English and Gender and Women’s Studies; exhibition curator Amy L. Powell; and Junaid Rana, faculty in Asian American Studies, for a listening party and conversation at the Channing-Murray Foundation in Urbana. 

For Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, sound is primary. The artists compose a work's soundtrack before any visual elements, drawing from their backgrounds in performance and underground music. 

The artists make collaborative work informed by research with historical archives, literature, underground music, and film. This artist talk is part of an artist residency April 4-6 in which the artists will engage with the campus community over a series of events. It is presented in conjunction with the exhibition And yet my mask is powerful on view in the West Gallery, Light Court, and Gelvin Noel Annex, curated by Amy L. Powell.


Krannert art Museum exhibitions are made possible in part by a generous grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. And yet my mask is powerful is presented in collaboration with Asian American Studies and the Center for South Asian & Middle Eastern Studies. Paid for by the Student Cultural Programming Fee.