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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 

ISBN: 9781911155294


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


New Midland Group - Artist Led Consortium 

Nottingham Primary, Backlit and One Thoresby Street

May 2021 - April 2022

STEAMhouse Birmingham 

Eurpoean Regional Development Fund

May 2021 - April 2022

EOP - Extra Ordinary People

Eastside Projects, Birmingham

April 2020 - Present