Throughout 2017 UNSW Galleries will present new work by a diverse selection of five artists that are candidates in higher degree research programs at UNSW Art & Design.
Terms of engagement: examining the rhetoric of radicalisation brings together recent works by Abdul Abdullah that collectively engage popular perceptions of marginalised people in a contemporary multicultural Australian context.
Developed as part of his postgraduate studies at UNSW Art & Design, this body of work critically examines the perception of ostracised people, and the projection of criminality on people who identify or are identified as Muslim.
In these images Abdullah depicts imagined manifestations that reflect popular understandings of young Muslims from a non-Muslim perspective. By reflecting and emphasising these points of view, Abdullah challenges viewers to examine their own biases.
Abdul Abdullah is a high profile, early career, multidisciplinary artist whose work has featured in recent national exhibitions including Primavera 2015 at the MCA Australia. Through photographic portraiture, Terms of engagement explores the representation and perception of minorities, specifically Muslims, in contemporary society.