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Bassam Al-Sabah

Still, In The Darkness2019

dreams and moods that subside in a few weeks are a series of hand-tufted rugs and small ceramic pieces which were made for Al-Sabah’s solo exhibition at Solstice Arts Centre in Navan in 2019. Although a new medium for Al-Sabah, these continue his ongoing engagement with materials and the hand-made. In many presentations of his work, sculptural objects are presented alongside the CGI films positioning the idea of both as hand-made or crafted.

MediumHand tufted rug, 100% Wool on hessian backing
Dimensions Unframed, 170 x 150 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2021
Item NumberIMMA.4193
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Bassam Al-Sabah, Still, In The Darkness, 2019, Hand tufted rug, 100% Wool on hessian backing, Unframed, 170 x 150 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2021

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Bassam Al-Sabah

Based in Belfast and Dublin, Bassam Al-Sabah works with digital animation, painting, sculpture and textiles to convey intricate visions of war, resistance and perseverance. Themes of 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. Al-Sabah attended Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology and was awarded the RHA Graduate Studio Award in 2017 and the Temple Bar Gallery + Studios Graduate Residency Award in 2019.

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