Born in Mosul, Iraq, Rabab Ghazoul has lived and worked in Cardiff, Wales, since 1993. She is a visual artist, interested in exploring the performative and conversational, in the context of our negotiations of the political. In a practice that spans galleries and the public realm, her projects draw on participatory processes to explore the nuances of private and public affiliation - the impacts of wider (political) frameworks upon the personal, or the daily.
Ghazoul’s artworks often make reference to found footage or existing ‘texts’, from a news media interview to an existing artwork, as a means of revisiting or re-staging recent historical ‘moments’. Drawing on different media and processes - video, installation, text, performance, public realm intervention and encounter - much of her practice emerges in response to spaces of dialogue, indeed artworks often take the form of conversation pieces, lasting a day or a year.
Within her wider practice – which sees her organising events, performances, debates, walks, gatherings, sung works - Ghazoul’s activities are drawn to exploring spaces which rethink our understanding of notions such as ‘democracy’, ‘community’, ‘belonging’.