Event Details


16/09/2023 – 16/09/2023


2pm to 5pm Open Studio / work in progress demo
Artists Talk by Basil Al-Rawi and István László at 4pm


3 hours


Galway Arts Centre- Nuns Island Theatre

Event Type

Residency, Talk, Event,

Museum of Everyone (MOE) Communal – The Art of Coexistence

Join artists Basil Al-Rawi and István László as they discuss their practice in terms of collective and personal memory and how virtual reconstruction may give viewers/participants the opportunity to rethink colonial histories, perpetuated preconceptions of place and the relevance of history within the digital realm. Each artist will also refer to how a single personal or collective moment can ignite a research practice and how the entanglement of tangential histories enriches their process and simulations.  

István László is a Hungarian visual artist whose work explores the relationship between physical and digital artefacts and their role as mediators in remodelling experiences of collective memory. Through images, moving images, objects and mixed reality interventions, his work examines our perceptions of the authenticity of visual representation in our digitally mediated realities. His practice-based research is currently pursued in the framework of a funded PhD at Dublin City University, focusing on the participatory potential of virtual objects and the transitory states of monumentality in triggering and engaging with experiences of socio-political, shared (and contested) urban histories and memory-making in public space. His work has been exhibited, at the RHA, Dublin, Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), Bucharest, Kunsthalle, Budapest, Plan-B Gallery, Berlin. He gave public talks and lectures at CHB, Berlin, NCAD, DCU, TU Dublin, and engaged with collaborative and permanent public art installations in urban space including the LUAS/RPA Docklands Public Art Commission. István László is a Museum of Everyone Assoicate Artist. . 

Basil Al-Rawi is an Irish-Iraqi multidisciplinary artist working primarily with photography, moving image, and simulation. His practice is concerned with the landscapes of memory, identity, politics, and mediated reality. Remediation, reconstruction, and intervention are central to his process. He explores the recomposition of archival material as simulations to form virtual bonds with the past and in turn create expanded photographic moments.

He has exhibited at IMMA, Rua Red, RHA, The Photographers’ Gallery, and the Institute of International Visual Arts, amongst others. In 2019 he received a scholarship from The Glasgow School of Art and SGSAH to pursue PhD research at the School of Simulation and Visualisation. His practice-based project is concerned with utilising archive photographs, audio-visual oral histories, and Virtual Reality to explore the creative reconstruction of vernacular photographic moments and associated memories from Iraqi diaspora.

This event is supported by the Creative Communities Award,  Creative Ireland Programme 2023, Galway City Council, Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.