31-year-old Abdul Abdullah’s (Australia) sharp and provocative work addresses the politicisation of Muslim identity in our post 9/11 world. A seventh-generation Australian Muslim, Abdullah draws upon his personal experiences while growing up in a Perth suburb, to expose the prejudices, which have demonised and marginalised Muslim youth today. 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.
Abdullah 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, the most prestigious portrait prize in Australia, a rarity for an artist of his years.