Abdul Abdullah is a seventh-generation Muslim Australian with Malay/Indonesian and convict/settler Australian heritage. He grew up in Perth and lives in Sydney.
His multi-disciplinary practice is motivated by a longstanding concern about the complex feelings of displacement and alienation associated with histories of diaspora and migration. Providing a voice to these difficult topics, he creates carefully crafted political commentaries that speak of the ‘Other’ and the experiences of marginalised communities. Intersecting between popular culture, contemporary conflicts and personal experience, Abdullah’s works renegotiate histories and create spaces for alternative possibilities and new conversations.
Abdullah has been part of numerous exhibitions including at the National Gallery of Australia, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2019, he was awarded the inaugural Australian Muslim Artist Art Prize. In February 2020, he participated in the latest edition of the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art.
Abdul Abdullah is creating a permanent artwork for the new Arden Station.