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Roo Dhissou

Visual Arts, Birmingham City University

Thesis title:

Cultural Dysphoria: Exploring British Asian Female Identities Through Arts Practices

Cultural Dysphoria can be understood as the dissonance between the social expectations of an individual’s cultural performance or identity, and their desired embodiment of that culture, or uncertainty about where they fit into existing cultural categories. My research will examine this firstly as a conceptual model, exploring the nature of being to understand difference through cultural experience; secondly, as a material model, embodying experience of dissonance using the phenomenon of Cultural Dysphoria. The research will draw upon my own practice as an established artist. I will use sculpture, performance and film building upon my previous research and the autoethnographic approaches.

Research Area

  • Fine Art History, Theory and Practice
  • Visual Arts


A Very Special Place: Ikon in the 1990s 

Published by IKON

ISBN: 9781911155294

Nangal Pend-ing/DarkVillage.stl 

Published by Primary

ISBN: 9781739779009


Creative Conversation with Female Artists of the Global Majority 

Ikon Gallery - A round table discussion between artists Hira Butt, Nilupa Yasmin, Dr Bharti Parmar and Raksha Patel

August 22nd 2021 

Cold Comfort: 25th Anniversary - Permindar Kaur and Roo Dhissou

Ikon Gallery 

July 23rd 2021 - Online Event 

Roo Dhissou - Art House Open Lecture Series 2020/21

Meadow Arts

Decemeber 2020

Public Engagement & Impact


April 2023 / Diasporic Dining, GLOAM Gallery - Solo Show, Sheffield, UK

October 2022 / Group show - pending, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, UK

April 2022 - December 2022 / ‘Our Joy’, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, UK

March 2022 / with Sahjan Kooner, ArtCore Gallery, Derby

December 2021 - September 2022 / New Art Gallery Walsall, ´The Twenty Twenty Collection’, Walsall, UK

October 2021 - January 2022 / Coventry Biennial, ´Hyper-Possible’, Coventry and Warwickshire

July - August 2021 / with Jan Agha, Niru Ratnam, London

June 2021 / DOOM, Black Hole Club, Vivid Peojects, Birmingham

May - June 2021 / ´Traces of Others’ Collaboration with melissandre varin and Ryan Christopher, Arcadia Gallery, Coventry

May 2021 / ´Ikon for Artists’, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham


November 2021 - January 2022 / New Midland Group Collaborative Residency with Sahjan Kooner, ArtCore Gallery, Derby

June 2021 - July 2021 / JOYA Arte + Ecologia, Sierra Maria, Almeria, Spain

April 2021 / 12ø Collective, Online Residency, #30works30days, Worldwide Web

April 2021 - May 2021 / DAAJ, Asylum Artists Quarter, Month Long Residency, Wolverhampton, UK


Black Hole Club

Vivid Projects Birmingham

May 2021 - Present

STEAMhouse Birmingham 

Eurpoean Regional Development Fund

May 2021 - Present

EOP - Extra Ordinary People

Eastside Projects, Birmingham

April 2020 - Present

New Midland Group - Artist Led Consortium 

Nottingham Primary, Backlit and One Thoresby Street

May 2021 - April 2022