Basel Abbas et Ruanne Abou-Rahme [R-U/UK, 2009, 9 min, num., VOSTA/ Original version with English Subtitles]

Collapse rassemble moments de résistance et moments de défaite, imaginaires et réels, en un acte d’excavation qui éclaire les profondes perturbations qui ont façonné non seulement l’expérience et la mémoire palestiniennes, mais aussi des histoires communes de lutte.

Collapse brings together imaginary and actual moments of resistance and loss, an act of excavation that illuminates the deep disruptions that have shaped not only Palestinian lived experience and memory but shared histories of struggle. A literal and poetic displacement resonates throughout the work, in part a meditation on a contemporary Palestinian landscape ruptured by a breakdown of community, memory and narrative. The feeling of continual suspension and relapse, progress and deadly repetition is played out exploring the overlap between personal trajectories and multiple historical narratives. It is in the ambiguities between absence and presence, nostalgia and an altogether frustrating sense of déjà-vu, that the installation explores an anxious and obsessive state of being, trapped in the transition between past, present, reality and fiction.