Opening event Saturday June 2, from 4pm
Te Uru, Auckland
Dark Horizons is a suite of three interconnected solo exhibitions exploring this state of global anxiety through the lens of Muslim migrant communities in Australia. The artists in the exhibition are Malaysian and Anglo-Australian brothers Abdul Abdullah and Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, and leading Lebanese-Australian moving image artist Khaled Sabsabi.
Each artist presents an individual contemplation on issues relating to migration and multiculturalism in Western colonial nations such as Aotearoa New Zealand. These concerns are explored through a range of media including film, sculpture, photography, embroidery and painting. Through a process of personal introspection, the artists shed light on our own complicity in contributing to the economic, environmental and political conditions afflicting our international neighbours.
Abdul-Rahman Abdullah (1977) works primarily in sculpture and installation and draws on his cultural heritage as the basis for his art practice. He has an extensive exhibition history nationally and internationally with numerous projects at major Australian public art institutions, including most recently Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney, 2017.
Abdul Abdullah (1986) is an accomplished multi-disciplinary artists working across mediums including painting, photography, video, installation and performance. He has an impressive exhibition history with major projects throughout Australia and internationally, including recent works in Primavera at 25 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 2016 and the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, 2015.
Khaled Sabsabi (1965) was began his creative life as a hip hop artist in the mid-1980s, before completing a Master of Arts from the University of New South Wales in 1998. He regularly exhibits nationally and international, including projects at major world biennales, including the 3rd Kochi Biennale, India, 2016; the 1st Yinchuan Biennale, China, 2016; the 5th Marrakech Biennale, Morocco, 2014; the Sharjah Biennial 11, United Arab Emirates, 2013; the 18th Biennale of Sydney, Australia, 2012; the 9th Shanghai Biennale, China, 2012 and the 21st Biennale of Sydney, 2018.
The exhibition opening will be preceded by artist talks at 3pm, including all three artists who are visiting from Australia.
This exhibition is staged in partnership with Pataka Art + Museum, who presented Dark Horizons in Porirura in 2017.
Date(s) - 02/06/2018 - 19/08/2018