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'A Place for the Work and the Human Being'

7. Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme

Kelvin Hall, 1445 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8AW

24 October 2019

Thursday 24 October 2019, 6pm

'A Place for the Work and the Human Being' runs throughout 2019 and takes place in a range of venues, new and old, around Glasgow. The series explores the needs, expectations and possibilities of the space for art today and speakers include artists, architects, curators and others.

For the seventh talk in the series we are delighted to present artists Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou- Rahme.

Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme work together across a range of sound, image, text, installation and performance practices. Their practice is engaged in the intersections between performativity, political imaginaries, the body and virtuality. Across their works they probe a contemporary landscape marked by seemingly perpetual crisis and an endless ‘present’, one that is shaped by a politics of desire and disaster. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘And Yet My Mask is Powerful’, Kunstverein in Hamburg (2018). They were awarded the Sharjah Biennial Prize 2015.

Kelvin Hall opened in 1926 designed by city architects Thomas Gilchrist Gilmour and Thomas P. M Somers after fire destroyed the original building. One of the largest exhibition halls in Britain, it was built to house national and international events such as The Festival of Britain and has since been used as a sports arena, factory and a concert hall. In 2016 the building was partially reopened in a partnership between University of Glasgow, Glasgow Life, Glasgow Museums and the National Library of Scotland.

The event will take place in the University of Glasgow’s Lecture Theatre. Refreshments will be served after the event.


Kelvin Hall is a fully accessible venue and there is a hearing loop. If you would like to attend and require a BSL interpreter, please contact [email protected] at least 2 weeks in advance of the event.