May amnesia never kiss us on the mouth


In development for nearly a decade, May amnesia never kiss us on the mouth examines how people bear witness to and narrate experiences of violence, loss, displacement, and forced migration through performance. The title of the project is lifted from a translation of writer Roberto Bolaño’s “Infrarealist Manifesto,” written in Mexico City in 1976. It is at once an indictment of the presiding artistic community’s complacency and an urgent call that artists remain attentive: “May amnesia never kiss us on the mouth. May it never kiss us.” 

This multi-part online platform is part of Dia’s Artist Web Projects series.

Part One

Postscript: After everything is extracted
Launching December 10, 2020.
to Dia’s website for more information. 

Part Two

Launching summer 2021.

Part Three

Dates to be announced.

May amnesia never kiss us on the mouth
will be presented as a subsequent exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art’s Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Studio. 

May amnesia never kiss us on the mouth is co-commissioned by Dia Art Foundation, New York, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The artists acknowledge and thank the continued support of TBA21.

Ruanne Abou-Rahme and Basel Abbas

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