Bassam Al-Sabah’s work aims to convey visions of war, resistance and perseverance. He utilises a multi-media installation comprising of video, painting, sculpture and printed matter. The work is concerned with how the past is continually revised to meet the present, when the juvenile fantasy breaks down into the reality of adulthood.
The work takes reference from Arabic dubbed Japanese anime series, which were broadcast across the middle-east from 1980s onwards. Tackling themes of revolution, war and exile, the work projects political meaning onto these cartoons, which have been connected with a cross generational identity, shared by now adult Arabs. Drawing attention to an ignored point in media globalization: the influence, effects and agendas of Japanese anime on Arab popular culture
Select exhibitions include Dissolving Beyond the Worm Moon, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, 2019; A Fiction Close To Reality, IMMA, Dublin, 2019; Futures, Series 3, Episode 2, RHA Gallery, Dublin, 2018; Syntonic State, Tulca 18, Galway, 2018; Illusions of Love Dyed by Sunset, The LAB, Dublin, 2018.
Select awards include Gasworks-Freelands Partnership commission/residency 2021; Fingal RHA Studio Award 2019/2020; Temple Bar Gallery + Studios Recent Graduate Residency, 2018-2019; AFAC Visual Arts Grant, 2018; RHA Graduate Studio Award, 2016-2017.