Basil Al-Rawi

Basil is an Irish-Iraqi multidisciplinary artist working with photography, moving images, and digital simulation. His practice is concerned with the landscapes of memory, identity, politics, and mediated reality. Remediation, reconstruction, intervention, and participation are central to his process, which explores the potential of recomposing archival material to form virtual bonds with the past and create expanded photographic moments.

Along with a degree in English and sociology, he is a cinematography graduate of the National Film School at IADT and holds an MA in Photographic Studies from the University of Westminster. In 2023 he completed a practice-based PhD at The Glasgow School of Art, where he utilised participatory methods to explore the creative reconstruction of photographic moments and associated memories from Iraqi diaspora in VR. The crowd-sourced online platform Iraq Photo Archive and VR experience “House of Memory / بيت الذاكرة” were creative outcomes of the research.

He has exhibited in group shows at IMMA, Rua Red, The Photographers Gallery, and the Institute of International Visual Arts, amongst others. In 2022 he received a Cork County Council Creative Arts Bursary and an Arts Council Art Participation Project Award for the creation of ‘Between Lines’, a participatory project with the Iraqi diaspora in Ireland to which was presented at IMMA in 2023 as part of the Museum of Everyone’s “Communal” project.

Recent and upcoming exhibitions include ‘Shahid شَـاهِد; at The LAB Gallery (2023), and in 2024, MOE Communal at Luan Gallery, SCI_ART (Ottawa), and Beta Festival 2024. He is an associate artist of the Museum of Everyone and a founding member of the MÓR Artist Collective.