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Bassam Al-Sabah

Dissolving Beyond the Worm Moon2019

Dissolving Beyond the Worm Moon was produced in relation to war, unrealized childhood fantasies, and representation within globalized media. The film imagines the traumatized body as a functioning time machine where gaps between timelines and glitches cause the present-day body to wane and is replaced by the body’s memory of past trauma. The film weaves a narrative from mental time travel, episodic future thinking (a projection of the self into the future to pre-experience an event), and PTSD. 

MediumVideo on Blu-ray
Duration18min.32 sec.
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2021, 2021
Item NumberIMMA.4192
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Bassam Al-Sabah, Dissolving Beyond the Worm Moon, 2019, Video on Blu-ray, Duration: 18min.32 sec., Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2021, 2021

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About the Artist

Bassam Al-Sabah

Bassam Al-Sabah works across digital animation, painting, sculpture and textiles to convey intricate visions of war, resistance and perseverance. Themes such as displacement, nostalgia and personal mythology are explored through reference to Japanese anime cartoons, which were dubbed into Arabic and broadcast throughout the Middle East from the 1980s to today. Bassam Al-Sabah lives and works in Belfast and Dublin.
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