It’s Art But It’s Not

Rabab Ghazoul (1970 - )
Valleys Kids

digital photographic print

  • About the work
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Art Collection

    It’s Art But It’s Not documents a 2014 regeneration project led by Rabab Ghazoul that explored how contemporary arts practice can transform people’s engagement with their community and environment. The site-responsive art works were developed with young people from Valleys Kids, alongside Penygraig community residents, and were commissioned by Artes Mundi, RCT Homes and Valleys Kids.

    Over the course of two months, Rabab Ghazoul worked with a team of young community consultants to design and run a series of creative conversations. These encounters engaged with residents through pop-up events that included a story exchange that took place in a local shop, in which locals shared their thoughts and anecdotes about the area; and presenting recurring themes and words on the high street. This culminated in a photography event with a call to action for the local community to participate around key locations in Penygraig with photographer Michal Iwanowski.

  • About the artist
    Born in Iraq, Rabab Ghazoul began making experimental theatre in Wales in the 1990s. Her work now incorporates video, installation, text, performance and site-specific work. She is the founder of the Cardiff-based organisation Gentle/Radical. At the intersections of art, culture, equalities and social justice, she has championed critical debates on decoloniality, power and privilege within Wales. Ghazoul was one of five artists to represent Iraq in the Iraqi Pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale. Selected exhibitions and projects are ‘This Edible Map’, Gresol Festival of Art, Girona, Spain (2004); ‘The Suitcase Project’, Beaver Arts, Copenhagen (2007); solo exhibition ‘Can't Keep Up With Keeping You Down’, Chapter Arts Centre; and Pontcanna Fields Allotments, Cardiff (2008); ‘Intermission 2020’, off-site g39, Cardiff (2020).

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    It’s Art But It’s Not
    digital photographic print
    height: 60.9 cm; width: 81.0 cm; depth: 5.0 cm
    Purchased from the artist March 2021, through the Art XUK project 2020-
    The artist; from whom purchased by UK Government Art Collection, 22 March 2021
    GAC number