Bassam Al-Sabah

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Bassam Al-Sabah, I AM ERROR 2021

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea

Belfast-based artist Bassam Al-Sabah makes installations comprising video, painting and sculpture that embrace the shape-shifting potential of computer-animated worlds, creating fantasy dreamscapes in which personal mythology, historical trauma and queer possibility intersect.

In previous works, Al-Sabah, whose family was exiled from Baghdad after the Iraq War, reflected on geographical dislocation through reference to Japanese anime cartoons broadcast throughout the Middle East during his childhood. By embedding imagery of warfare within these visual frameworks, anime cartoons and video culture take on a heightened political significance within Al-Sabah’s practice.

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