And Yet My Mask is Powerful by Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme
A collection of works by multimedia artists Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme.
This book was published in conjunction with the 2016 exhibition held at the London gallery Carroll/Fletcher. Continuing from his previous work, The Incidental Insurgents (2012 - 2015), this work depicts an apocalyptic logic that symbolizes the crisis of our time. The title of this work is borrowed from American poet Adrienne Rich's poem "Diving Into the Wreck". The pair visited a destroyed village in occupied Palestine and documented a group of Palestinian youths wearing Neolithic masks. One of the oldest in the world, these masks were originally found in the West Bank and are now in a private Israeli collection. The two 3D-printed the mask based on the photographs used in the mask's online exhibition.
By interweaving screenshots, video captures, handwritten notes and materials, this book focuses on the production process of such works. It is not just a collection of materials, but a multi-layered spin-off work like a travelogue that traces the trajectory of their journey.
First edition of 1000 copies.
Title: And Yet My Mask is Powerful
Artist: Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme
Printed Matter Inc., 2017
Softcover, 240 x 205 mm
First edition of 1000 copies
¥2,600 + tax