14 - 27 June 2021

Bassam Al Sabah

Longing, beyond is a new installation by artist Bassam Al Sabah commissioned by the Glucksman as part of Cork Midsummer festival.

Bassam Al-Sabah’s Longing, Beyond is a new project which combines digital animation, painting, sculpture and textiles to convey visions of war, resistance and perseverance. Exhibited in the window façade of Finn’s Corner, Cork City, the work comprises a scaffolding installation of video monitors, hand-tufted rugs and sculptural objects. Through digital and handmade works, which often incorporate intricate and laborious craft processes, Longing, Beyond explores how the past is continually revised to meet the present, and the ways in which juvenile fantasy is broken down into the reality of adulthood.

Curated by Chris Clarke and commissioned by the Glucksman in partnership with Cork Midsummer Festival. It will be on view to the public from 14 - 27 June 2021. 

Using the unique history and architecture of the building to create an ambitious large-scale installation artwork, the work includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, indigenous and religious art, paraphernalia (both found and fabricated) as well as objects including musical instruments, books, lights, rugs, carpets, clothing, scraps of paper, sketches, countercultural newspapers, playing cards, psychedelic posters and everyday detritus. 

The installation also incorporates elements of sound and video work, including music composed from tape loops of pre-recorded repetitive drone, folk and psychedelic music, cut-up monologues and video from found sources. These materials reference makeshift shamanic shrines and dilapidated places of worship, sub-cultural interests in folk ritual and the hippie communes of the 1960s and 70s. 

A transient midsummer offering, May the moon rise and the sun set exists only in this edition, for this time in this space.