Abdul Abdullah’s (b. 1986, Australia) dynamic practice addresses the contemporary experience of being an ‘other’ in society, particularly being a young Muslim in multicultural Australia. A seventh-generation Australian Muslim, Abdul draws upon his personal experiences while growing up in a Perth suburb, to expose the prejudices, which have demonised and marginalised Muslim youth today. Though political in context, his works do not attempt to address any specifics of Islam or comment on particular individuals who practice it, but instead examines the complex feelings of displacement and alienation associated with histories of diaspora and migration. Notions of cultural hybridity, ceremony, ritual, and intimate aspects of the self and identity are revealed in his work through his darkly distinctive oeuvre that is confronting and deeply elucidating in regard to the human condition.
Abdul is collected by the National Gallery of Australia, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, amongst others. He is also a four-time Archibald Prize finalist and two-time Sulman Prize finalist, the most prestigious art prizes in Australia, a rarity for an artist of his years.