Basil Al-Rawi is a visual artist working with photography, moving image, and simulation. Construction, staging, and intervention with ‘the real’ are central to his process; photographs are staged, images subtly altered digitally, and virtual environments created. His practice is conceptually driven and the seed of most works is usually a single image that invokes a desire to investigate what it represents. These images are either taken or found, and the landscapes of memory, politics, and socio-economic traumas are primary sources. His approach is multi-layered, incorporating different mediums based on the underlying theme of each work. Permeating his practice is a desire to encourage the viewer to look differently at the world, through mediating, rearranging and reconstructing image-based reality.
Basil is a cinematography graduate of the National Film School at IADT and hold an MA in photographic studies from the University of Westminster. In 2012 he was selected for Axisweb’s MAstars programme for his photographic project Façade, which subsequently exhibited at Fresh Faced + Wild Eyed at The Photographers Gallery in 2013. He’s exhibited at the Institute of International Visual Arts (London), Ballarat International Foto Biennale (Australia), Foundation 14 and 15 (Tullamore), IMMA, RHA, PhotoIreland, Rua Red and The Goethe Institut (Dublin). In 2019 he received a scholarship from the Glasgow School of Art to pursue PhD research at the School of Simulation and Visualisation. His practice-based research project is concerned with utilising archive photographs, audio-visual oral histories and Virtual Reality (VR) to explore the creative reconstruction of photographic moments and associated memories of Iraqi pre-war history. The first stage of this project is the creation of the Iraq Photo Archive.
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