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Bassam Al Sabah / Illusions of Love Dyed by Sunset

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Bassam Al Sabah / Illusions of Love Dyed by Sunset


The LAB is pleased to present, Illusions of Love Dyed by Sunset is a solo exhibition of new work by Bassam Al Sabah, including sculpture, painting and video.

The work within the exhibition grapples with the broadcasted image, taking reference from Arabic dubbed Japanese anime series, which were broadcast across the Middle East from the 1980s onwards. Tackling themes of revolution, war and exile, the work projects political meaning onto these cartoons, which have connected with multiple generations of now adult Arabs. Drawing attention to an ignored point in media globalization: the influence, effects and agendas of Japanese anime on Arab popular culture.

In the video projection space is a new CGI film which features a digital recreation of the artist’s former home in Iraq, which his family cannot return to. As the film moves through the house, digital images begin to escape from the forgotten TV and computer screens and materialise into living forms. The works produced are preoccupied with a kind of chronological incoherence and defined by a nostalgia for lost futures.

Accompanying the exhibition is a newly commissioned text by Lívia Paldi, curator at the Project Arts Centre.



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