Rabab Ghazoul began making experimental theatre in Wales in the 1990s, working as a director and later as a performer. Her work now incorporates video, installation, text, performance and site-specific work.
Rabab was born and spent her childhood in Iraq. This experience of living in two cultures informs her approach as a social observer and commentator, producing work along a variety of themes – politics, history, territory, community, homeland – that draw her both into and beyond the realms of cultural identity and personal narrative. Often reflecting upon the effects of the late capitalist culture through which we continue to enact our prescribed and ritualistic movements, her work is interested in locating the ‘truthfulness’ amidst the ongoing construction and consumption of private and public texts.
Recent work includes The Suitcase Project (2007) at Beaver Arts (Copenhagen, Denmark), and This Edible Map as part of the Gresol Festival of Art, Girona, Spain. In 2008 her solo show Can't Keep Up With Keeping You Down was shown at both Chapter Arts Centre and Pontcanna Fields Allotments, Cardiff.