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Artist Talk Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme

Artist’s Talks June 11, 2022 05:00 pm

Artist Talk Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme
Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in collaboration with frieze magazine

Date: Saturday, June 11, 5 – 6 pm, with following Apéro (6 – 7 pm)
Venue: schwarzescafé (Löwenbräukunst) & livestream on
Registration: Book tickets here
Language: English
Admission: This event is free of charge

Artist duo Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme will share insights into their practice and discuss the themes that drive their work with curator Dr. Michael Birchall and frieze assistant editor Chloe Stead. The event, which will be conducted in person and streamed online, is a partnership between Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst and frieze magazine during Zurich Art Weekend.


Basel Abbas (b. Nicosia, Cyprus, 1983) and Ruanne Abou-Rahme (b. Boston, USA, 1983) have had solo exhibitions at, among others, the Art Institute of Chicago (2021); Kunstverein in Hamburg (2018); Art Jameel Project Space Dubai (2017); Alt Bomontiada, Istanbul (2017); and Carroll / Fletcher, London (2016). Their work has been included in major international biennials such as the 12th Sharjah Biennial (2015), the 10th Gwangju Biennale, the 31st São Paulo Biennial (both 2014), the 13th Istanbul Biennial (2013), and the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009).

Previous iterations of this work have been co-commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art and the DIA Art Foundation (New York City). The ongoing multichannel sound and video work will also be exhibited at MoMA and The Common Guild, Glasgow, in 2022.

Dr. Michael Birchall is curator at Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst. He was previously curator of public practice at Tate Liverpool and senior lecturer at Liverpool School of Art and Design. Where he developed exhibitions and projects with Christopher Kline, Sarah Browne, and Annika Eriksson. Previously he held curatorial appointments at The Western Front (Vancouver, Canada), The Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre (Canada), and Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (Germany). He edited numerous catalogues and journals and contributed to the publications: Institution as Praxis: New Curatorial Directions for Collaborative Research (Sternberg Press, 2020); Tate Papers; ARKEN Bulletin, and On Curating.

Chloe Stead is a writer and editor based in Berlin. She is assistant editor at frieze.

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