Abdul-Rahman Abdullah (b. 1977) is an artist living and working on Wadjuk Nyungar country, in the Peel region of Western Australia. His practice explores the different ways that memory can inhabit and emerge from familial spaces. Drawing on the narrative capacity of animal archetypes, crafted objects and the human presence, Abdul-Rahman aims to articulate physical dialogues between the natural world, identity and the agency of culture. Working primarily in sculpture and installation, his work has been described as magic realism, creating poetic interventions with the space it occupies. While his own experiences as a Muslim Australian of mixed ethnicity provide a starting point, Abdul-Rahman foregrounds shared understandings of individual identity and new mythologies in a cross-cultural context. Living and working in rural Western Australia, he provides a unique perspective across intersecting and disparate communities.
A 2012 graduate of Curtin University, Abdul-Rahman exhibited most recently at John Curtin Gallery with a large scale solo show titled Everything Is True as part of the Perth Festival 2021. In 2019 he participated in The National: New Australian Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2017 he participated in Dark Horizons at Pataka Museum + Art (NZ) and in 2016 was included in Magic Object: The Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia. In 2015 Abdul-Rahman and his brother Abdul Abdullah presented the first WA Focus exhibition at the Art Gallery of Western Australia and in 2018 the Abdullah brothers were shortlisted for the 58th Venice Biennial.
Image credit: Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Buraq (2020)