[image: Understudy (2020), mixed media, dimensions variable]
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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Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: MONSTER THEATRES, Art Gallery of South Australia, SA
29 February - 8 June
Just Not Australian, Wollongong Art Gallery, NSW
Lee Mingwei: Li, Gifts and Rituals, Gropius Bau Museum, Berlin
Ritual, Cairns Art Gallery, QLD