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Title

The waltz

2020

Artist

Abdul Abdullah

Australia

1986 –

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  • Details

    Date
    2020
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on linen
    Dimensions
    183.0 x 132.0 cm
    Credit
    Purchased with funds provided by the Contemporary Collection Benefactors 2021
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    128.2021
    Copyright
    © Abdul Abdullah
    Artist information
    Abdul Abdullah

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  • About

    Abdul Abdullah is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice can be seen as an ongoing investigation into narratives of displacement and alienation. A seventh-generation Muslim Australian of Malay/Indonesian and convict/settler Australian hertitage, Abdullah is interested in the tension between projected markers of identity and the reality of lived experience. Working across painting, photography, installation and textiles, Abdullah is sensitive to the political potency of images and iconography. Whether critiquing problematic cultural stereotypes or offering poignant observations about climate change, Abdullah’s work is fearless and insistent.

    'The waltz' is a subversive landscape painting. Overlaying declarative text onto an otherwise idyllic scene, a technique he deploys often, Abdullah turns his composition into a political placcard. The painting addresses Australia’s brutal colonial past and reminds us that a landscape image is never neutral or apolitical.

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