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Taloi Havini: Reclaiming Space and History Ocula Conversation
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Taloi Havini: Reclaiming Space and History By Ruth McDougall, Sydney

Artist Taloi Havini and Ruth McDougall, curator of Pacific art at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, discuss Havini's first Australian solo exhibition, Reclamation .

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Sydney Biennale Connects Here with Everywhere Latest Ocula Report Sydney Biennale Connects Here with Everywhere By Soo-Min Shim, Sydney

'This year's Biennale of Sydney seems like a corrective,' writes Soo-Min Shim, 'prioritising autonomy in an international exhibition format that has all too often omitted or sidelined First Nations artists.'

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Hell is a Place on Earth: P·P·O·W Looks to History in Context of Covid-19 Ocula Insight Hell is a Place on Earth: P·P·O·W Looks to History in Context of Covid-19 By Stephanie Bailey, London

In the United States, parallels have been drawn between the HIV/AIDS crisis and what is unfolding with Covid-19. These connections feed into P·P·O·W's online exhibition, Hell is a Place on Earth. Heaven is a Place in Your Head .

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b. 1986, Australia

Abdul Abdullah Biography

Abdul Abdullah was born in Perth, Western Australia and he graduated in 2008 from Curtin University, Perth. As a Malay and Muslim artist he relates to the Aboriginal experience of a sense of otherness in a Western society. It is this part of his identity which provides the impetus for his work. Through his portraits, he has found a way to confront the politicisation of his mixed identity. 

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In 2009 Abdul received the Highly Commended in the NYSPP at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra and was named a Perth Rising Star by Insite Magazine. In 2010 Abdul was included in the inaugural Triple J list of 25 Under 25 + Smashin' It. In 2011 he was a recipient of Kickstart funding for the 2012 Next Wave Festival, was selected as a finalist in the 2011 Archibald prize and won the Blake Prize for Human Justice. His work is included in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the University of Western Australia, Murdoch University, The Islamic Museum of Australia and The Bendigo Art Gallery. Most recently his painting 'I wanted to paint him as a mountain' of artist and activist Richard Bell was selected as a finalist in the 2014 Archibald Prize

Abdul Abdullah Featured Artworks

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Reach by Abdul Abdullah contemporary artwork
Abdul AbdullahReach, 2020Manual embroidery made with the assistance of DGTMB studios
300 x 200 cm
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Where trouble melts like lemon drops by Abdul Abdullah contemporary artwork
Abdul AbdullahWhere trouble melts like lemon drops, 2019Manual embroidery made with the assistance of DGTMB studios
150 x 120 cm
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Where the clouds are far behind me by Abdul Abdullah contemporary artwork
Abdul AbdullahWhere the clouds are far behind me, 2019Manual embroidery made with the assistance of DGTMB studios
150 x 120 cm
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Together by Abdul Abdullah contemporary artwork
Abdul AbdullahTogether, 2019Oil on linen
151 x 120 cm
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Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens by Abdul Abdullah contemporary artwork
Abdul AbdullahRaindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, 2019Manual embroidery made with the assistance of DGTMB studios
150 x 120 cm
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No one is an island by Abdul Abdullah contemporary artwork
Abdul AbdullahNo one is an island, 2019Oil on linen
161 x 120 cm
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Everybody agrees on everything by Abdul Abdullah contemporary artwork
Abdul AbdullahEverybody agrees on everything, 2019Manual embroidery with the assistance of DGTMB Studios (top); Oil on linen (bottom)
240 x 175 cm
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Contested territory by Abdul Abdullah contemporary artwork
Abdul AbdullahContested territory, 2019Oil on linen
161 x 480 cm
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Abdul Abdullah Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Abdul Abdullah, Contested Territories at Yavuz Gallery, Sydney
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15 September–27 October 2019 Abdul Abdullah Contested Territories Yavuz Gallery, Sydney

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Abdul Abdullah: Leaving Clues Ocula Insight
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Abdul Abdullah: Leaving Clues By Mikala Tai, Singapore

Sydney-based artist Abdul Abdullah is the 'outsider amongst outsiders', with an interdisciplinary practice that explores the misconceptions and misunderstanding of minority groups in a multicultural society. Born to a sixth-generation Australian father and a Malay migrant mother, Abdullah is the epitome of the contemporary urban Australian. His...

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Institutional critique in the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial Ocula Report Institutional critique in the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial By Tess Maunder, Brisbane

Since the late 1980s the major concern for curatorial practice has been the rise of biennale culture; the impact this exhibition format has had upon both the production and reception of contemporary art internationally. Reflecting on this lineage and recent politics from within the Asia-Pacific region, it is apparent that exhibitions such as...

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Aaron Seeto Ocula Conversation Aaron Seeto By Rachael Vance, Brisbane, Australia

This month the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) in Brisbane, Australia, plays host to the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8). Renowned as a platform for surveying the vast geographic expanse of Asian and Pacific contemporary art, the triennial continues to uphold a long-term commitment to the region....

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Abdul Abdullah In Related Press

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2018 Sydney Contemporary Art Fair: five artists to watch Related Press 2018 Sydney Contemporary Art Fair: five artists to watch 13 September 2018, The Australian Financial Review

The Sydney Contemporary Art Fair has gone from baby to behemoth in just three editions, generating $40 million in sales and attracting 75,000 local and international visitors since it launched (initially as a biennale) in 2013. "It's a tremendous shot in the arm for artists and galleries," says its director, Barry Keldoulis.

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What to see and expect from Sydney Contemporary 2018 Related Press What to see and expect from Sydney Contemporary 2018 28 August 2018, Vogue

As Australia's leading art fair, Sydney Contemporary manages to make art critics into art lovers and the unanointed into worshippers, all within the space of three days.

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10 of the best finalists in the Archibald Prize Related Press 10 of the best finalists in the Archibald Prize 29 May 2018, The Business Insider

A portrait of Australian singer Jimmy Barnes by artist Jamie Preisz has won the 2018 Archibald Packing Room Prize and $1,500 today. The work is one of 58 paintings announced as finalists, chosen from 794 entries. Ten of these really stood out on first glance in terms of composition, colour and texture. Here are 10 of our favourites in the 2018...

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Sydney Contemporary: Barry Keldoulis' expert guide to buying art Related Press Sydney Contemporary: Barry Keldoulis' expert guide to buying art 25 August 2017, The Upsider

Barry Keldoulis is a rare breed of gallerist slash collector. With more than three decades experience in contemporary art, he has remained true to his mission of closing the gap between artist-run initiatives and larger commercial galleries that often dominate international criticism.

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