A new exhibition by Bassam Al-Sabah combining digital animation, sculpture and textiles, to be displayed on Finn's Corner, Washington Street.
Bassam Al-Sabah’s Longing, Beyond is a new project, commissioned by the Glucksman and curated by Chris Clarke, which combines digital animation, sculpture and textiles to convey visions of war, resistance and perseverance. Exhibited in the window façade of Finn's Corner, Washington Street, the work comprises a scaffolding installation of video monitors, hand-tufted rugs and sculptural objects. Through digital and handmade works, which often incorporate intricate and laborious craft processes, Longing, Beyond explores how the past is continually revised to meet the present, and the ways in which juvenile fantasy is broken down into the reality of adulthood.
Included is a collaborative film by Bassam Al-Sabah and Jennifer Mehigan. “A Paradise Out of A Common Field”, originally commissioned by RTE for the Illuminations Gallery, is a short animated film that explores the iconography of the zombie. The origin of the zombie in general cultural history is relatively unknown, but within the confines of this film, she emerges from a lush garden and is submerged into the ocean. Playing with dream worlds that consist of feral horses and writhing flowers, horizons and image planes unfold to disorient viewers, while the audio transports you through an interpretation of the history of the Irish graveyard and its relationship to trauma.
Bassam Al-Sabah lives and works in Belfast and Dublin. His recent solo exhibitions include Solstice Arts Centre, Navan;; The LAB, Dublin; Eight Gallery, Dublin; and group exhibitions including Irish Museum Of Modern Art, Dublin; Pallas Projects, Dublin; Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin; and Tulca 18, Galway.
Image: Bassam Al-Sabah, production image for an upcoming sculpture, 2021, courtesy of the artist