Basil Al-Rawi , BA English and Sociology, Certificate in TV & Film Production, BA Film and Video Production (Cinematography), MA Photographic Studies

Job Title:

PhD Research Student



Baba Gurgur, 1927 (Father of Flames), video still

Baba Gurgur, 1927 (Father of Flames), video still


Basil Al-Rawi

Recomposing the archive: rearticulating memories of Iraqi diaspora using archive photography, oral history and Virtual Reality.

Primary Supervisor: Dr Matthieu Poyade
Co-Supervisor: Ronan Breslin

This PhD research 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 the Iraqi pre-war history. Using photographic archives of Iraqi diaspora in the UK and Ireland as a primary source, I will use practice-led visual methodologies, critical analysis of case studies, and theoretical frameworks including include Photography and Film Theory and Cultural Studies, to recompose archive material to articulate hidden histories within VR. This research will result in a public exhibition of artworks, including a curated selection of photographs, oral history films, and VR experiences.

Exhibitions (group)

188th RHA Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin.
Make haste, slowly, Goethe Institut, Dublin.
Regarding the Hispanic World, Photo Ireland Festival, Instituto Cervantes, Dublin.
Winter Open, Rua Red, Dublin.
Quantum Leap, Foundation 15, Tullamore.
Quantum Leap, Foundation 15, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.
Strangers; Here; Ourselves. IMOCA, Steambox, Dublin.
Battery, Foundation 14, Tullamore.
On Borrowed Time, Institute of International Visual Arts, London.
Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Australia.
Fresh Faced Wild Eyed, The Photographer’s Gallery, London.
State of the Nation, 6th Annual Westphoto Photography Prize. Newport, Belfast & Edinburgh.
State of the Nation, 6th Annual Westphoto Photography Prize. Ambika P3, London.

Aug 2016 - Imago Mundi - 2016 An Image of Ireland: Contemporary Artists from Ireland (Fabrica, Italy)
Sep 2014 - SOI Publications (Canada)
Jan 2014 – YCN Annual. (UK)
April 2013 – Beta Magazine. Issue 4. (Australia)
Mar 2013 – ToneLit , Issue 1.(UK)
Mar 2013 – LandEscape Art Review (USA)
Nov 2012 - Der Greif Magazine, Issue 6. (Germany)