Mercury Cinema, 13 Morphett Street
Join Waqt al-tagheer: Time of change artist Abdul Abdullah and South Australian artist and curator Haneen Martin for a screening of the recent ABC documentary You See Monsters: a film about the power of art to challenge assumptions, subvert racism and change the way we view the world.
Featuring members of the eleven collective, this acclaimed film examines how a new generation of Muslim Australian artists are fighting back using art to assert their own agency in the face of anti-Islamic bigotry. Combining political critique with in-depth arts journalism, You See Monsters cuts through the fearful rhetoric to speak directly with the artists who are shifting the conversation.
The screening will be followed by an insightful conversation between Abdullah and Martin with time for audience questions.
“This documentary hands the microphone to artists of all kinds of ethnicities who identify as Muslim… great TV documentary-making.” – The Guardian
ABDUL ABDULLAH is an artist from Perth, currently based in Sydney, who works across painting, photography, video, installation and performance. As a self-described ‘outsider amongst outsiders’, his practice is primarily concerned with the experience of the ‘other’ in society. Abdullah’s projects have engaged with different marginalized minority groups and he is particularly interested in the experience of young Muslims in the contemporary multicultural Australian context. Through these processes and explorations Abdullah extrapolates this outlook to an examination of universal aspects of human nature.
HANEEN MARTIN is an Arab-Malay woman who spent her formative years between Australia and Malaysia. A printmaker, illustrator, sculptor and curator, Martin utilises the intense feeling of Otherness as a Muslim migrant raised between multiple cultures in order to explore concepts of identity and to raise the voices of others in contemporary Australia. Martin is the Visual Arts Editor for YEWTH Magazine and founder of Zombie Queen Art & Consulting, a social enterprise which has helped approximately 200 emerging artists learn how to promote, discuss and exhibit their work for the first time. Martin has exhibited in both Adelaide and Melbourne, and works alongside artists in Indonesia with the intention of demystifying the cultural gap with our closest neighbours.