Artist Abdul-Rahman Abdullah speaks with curator Mikala Tai about his practice and participation in the exhibition ‘I am a heart beating in the world: Diaspora Pavilion 2, Sydney’ presented by International Curators Forum in partnership with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.
Abdul-Rahman Abdullah (b. Port Kembla, Australia, lives and works in Perth, Australia) is a sculptor whose practice explores the different ways that memory can inhabit and emerge from familial spaces. Drawing on the narrative capacity of animal archetypes, crafted objects and the human presence, Abdullah aims to articulate physical dialogues between the natural world, politics and the agency of culture. Recent exhibitions include The National, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia (2019), Dark Horizons, Pataka Art + Museum, Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand (2017) and Magic Object, Adelaide Biennale of Australian Art, Adelaide, Australia (2016).
Mikala Tai is the director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney.