A Tale Of A Tub

Event Onsite 14 October 2018 from 16:45 to 19:15

Filmprogram: Abbas & Abou-Rahme in context

Location KINO, Rotterdam

Films by Basel Abbal & Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Waël Noureddine en Mounir Fatmi. With film-critic Olivier Hadouchi.

This evening A Tale of a Tub and Cinema KINO present recent films by artist duo Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme (Palestine), in relation to classics by Waël Noureddine (Lebanon) and Mounir Fatmi (Morocco). Film-critic Olivier Hadouchi, art historian Karima Boudou and A Tale of a Tub director Nathanja van Dijk will discuss the artists’ search for an alternative political language and aesthetic.

In their work the artists and filmmakers Abbas and Abou-Rahme sample sound, image, text and objects from different places and times. With their films, sound-works and installations they reconsider the circulation and value of images and offer new ways to understand history and a sense of time and place in the Middle East. In their films they create hyper-sensory audiovisual landscapes rooted in the real. These immersive new worlds then suggest an escape from, or alternative to colonial narratives and discourse by drawing the contours of a parallel or even a-historical time.

During the screening we will contextualize Abbas & Abou-Rahme’s work by drawing lines with the films by Fatmi and Noureddine, focusing on their use of (moving) image and inter-titles as a way to explore spatial politics, geopolitical fragmentation, and forms of entanglement between the destruction of bodies and the erasure of images, and under which conditions they might return.

Mounir Fatmi, ‘Face au silence’, 2002-2014, 11’43 min, HD, colour, stereo. Courtesy of the artist and Ceysson & Bénétière, Paris.