Bassam Al-Sabah’s multimedia works reference feelings of displacement, nostalgia, war and 1980s Arabic-dubbed Japanese animé.
Rajinder Singh completed a PhD in Engineering + Mathematics at Queen’s University, Belfast in 1993, and received an MFA with Goldsmith’s University, London from LaSalle College of Fine Arts, Singapore in 2010. Born in Ipoh, Malaysia, he is now based in Dublin and is a member of the migrant artist group Art Nomads.
In his practice, Rajinder explores the human body as an interface between space, object and movement, and prepares the ground to orientate the body towards politics, towards its capacity for resistance. A movement artist and choreographer, he explores ideas around the vulnerable body and its pain, interrogating the economies of power that deny it space and shape. His practice explores the ways the human body unfolds around various topographic and symbolic borders. Planned new work will investigate how we tell the stories of homelessness, in response to the huge increase in homelessness in Ireland (especially among migrants) in recent years. The project proposes to represent this story through life sized floor maps. In the design of these sites we consider how the plight of the homeless can be experienced through real scale drawings and through choreographed durational performances.
Rajinder Singh applied for a Golden Fleece Award to support the development of this new body of work – workshopping the ethical considerations of representing the homeless and how best to conduct research to develop the life-sized floor maps as a flexible presentation system the see the plan drawing as a set of pre-considered actions unfolding responsively to new information.