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Global Art Dialogues: The Language of Sampling, Refusing Dispossession

"Sampling is the language of the dispossessed." In this virtual Global Art Dialogue, a panel of artists explores how sampling — of sound, images, film, texts, archives — can bridge ruptures in time and history.  

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New York: Monday, Apr. 12, 12 PM 
London: Monday, Apr. 12, 5 PM  
Palestine: Tuesday, Apr. 13, 7 PM  
Thailand: Tuesday, Apr. 13, 11 PM   


“Sampling is the language of the dispossessed.” This introspective statement from artists Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, whose film And yet my mask is powerful Part 1 (2016) is included in After Hope: Videos of Resistance, provides the jumping-off point for this Global Art Dialogue. Sampling — of sound, images, film, texts, archives — involves a process of extraction, layering, and looping that can mirror the disruption and fragmentation of marginalized or erased histories. Artists employ sampling to exert agency and power in the reconstruction of historical narratives. In this timely conversation moderated by Sentient.Art.Film.’s Keisha N. Knight, artists Basel Abbas, Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Zeina Barakeh, and Ufuoma Essi discuss how their practices and processes bridge ruptures in time and history.  

Featuring artists from After Hope: Videos of Resistance. To learn more about the artists in After Hope, go to



This program is a part of Global Art Dialogues, a series of programs connecting artists around the world to explore the pertinent issues of our time. Amid shifting social landscapes, the museum’s commitment to invest in emerging and established artists, elevate marginalized voices, and curate through a global lens of equity, justice, and collaboration is stronger now than ever. Whether these events are in person or virtual, we aim to create spaces to challenge and transcend physical, sociopolitical, and imaginary borders in order to empower change. By bringing together creatives from Bay Area and global communities, we are exploring the possibilities of what can be and what we can accomplish through a spirit of radical collaboration.   



Top image: Zeina Barakeh, Holy Land – Prohibited Weapons (detail); archival inkjet print; 24 x 50 inches. Courtesy of the artist.


The Asian Art Museum is committed to being accessible to all. If the price of this virtual program is a barrier for you, please use the code VIRTUALACCESS for complimentary admission. This promotion can be applied under the “Promo Code” section on the Payment Information page. 


Organizers & Sponsors

Global Art Dialogues: The Language of Sampling, Refusing Dispossession is curated by Thuy Tran, The Asia Foundation’s 2020 Margaret F. Williams Memorial Fellow, with guest curator Jheanelle Brown, in collaboration with the Asian Art Museum’s Contemporary Art team.  

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