Date(s) - 01/05/2020 - 30/06/2020
Douglas Hyde Gallery are delighted to present the first iteration of Gallery 3: The Artist’s Eye with a virtual interaction by Bassam Al-Sabah. As part of Gallery 3: the Artist’s Eye, they asks artists to share their current thoughts, the things they are taking note of, things that help them get through these difficult days, alongside images in a series of virtual interactions.
As part of this virtual interaction we will also ask the invited artist to suggest a text, artwork or film that is important to them. Under the title of Gallery 3: Conversations, the artist’s suggestion will form the basis of an online discussion group, open to all and led by the artist. For our first monthly virtual meeting Bassam Al-Sabah has suggested the arthouse drama film directed by James Bidgood, Pink Narcissus (1971). For further details and to book your place, please visit the dedicate page HERE.
Bassam Al-Sabah is an inter-deciplinary artist working across film, painting, sculpture and printed matter. He graduated from IADT’s BA Visual Art Practice in 2016 and was awarded the RHA Graduate Studio Award (2016-2017) and the Temple Bar Gallery + Studios Graduate Residency Award (2018-2019). Solo shows include Eight gallery (2017), The LAB (2018), and Solstice Arts Centre (2019). His work has been included in group exhibition in The RHA, Tulca and The Irish Museum Of Modern Art. Upcoming shows are a solo offsite exhibition with The Glucksman Gallery, Cork. In 2021, Al-Sabah will present a major solo show in Gasworks London which will tour to the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill.
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. Displacement, nostalgia and personal mythology play a significant role within his work as it also tries to capture a recollection that is not fixed, but rather an amalgamation of various narratives both false and true that have collapsed into each other causing the sensation of falsified memory and trauma. To achieve this Al-Sabah has been drawing on the collection of scenes of war and destruction from children’s animations and deconstructing the parallels between fantasy and reality, the hero and the everyday, the make-believe and fact.