Abdul Abdullah

[image: Quietly optimistic (2021) oil on linen 240cm x 180cm]


Abdul Abdullah is an Australian multi-disciplinary artist. As a self-described ‘outsider amongst outsiders’ with a post 9/11 mindset, his practice is primarily concerned with the experience of the ‘other’. Abdullah’s projects have engaged with different marginalized minority groups and he is particularly interested in the disjuncture between perception/projection of identity and the reality of lived experience. Identifying as a Muslim and having both Malay/Indonesian and convict/settler Australian heritage, Abdullah occupies a precarious space in the political discourse that puts him at odds with popular definitions. He sees himself as an artist working in the peripheries of a peripheral city, in a peripheral country, orbiting a world on the brink. His work has been censored by politicians who have accused him of attacking Australian culture, and once a member of the Christian Democratic party wrote that he wants to “convert young Australians” and that he “worships a moon god”.


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Instagram: @abdul_abdullah

Upcoming projects:

A Gentle Misinterpretation
Fremantle Arts Centre, WA
August 13 - October 23 2022

Interspecies and Other Others
Abbotsford Convent, VIC
Curated by Kelli Alred
26 August - 2 October 2022

52 Actions
Penrith Regional Gallery
Curated by Artspace, Sydney
August 27 - November 20 2022

Sydney Contemporary
Carriage works, NSW
Yavuz Gallery
September 8 - 11 2022

Asia Now Art Fair
Paris
Yavuz Gallery
October 21 - 23 2022

West Bund Art and Design 2022
Shanghai
Yavuz Gallery
November 11-13 2022