Abdullah M.I. Syed, Aura II (detail) (2013) hand-stitched white crocheted prayer caps (topi), Perspex and LED light, 127 (diameter) x 54cm. Courtesy the artist

Abdul Abdullah, Journey to the West (2017), digital print, 75cm x 130cm. Courtesy the artist and Lisa Fehily Contemporary Art, Melbourne

Shireen Taweel, Musallah (prayer room) (2017), installation view, Verge Gallery, pierced copper, 180 x 180 x 30cm. Courtesy the artist. Photograph: Document Photography

Hoda Afshar, Westoxicated #1 (2013), digital print, 105 x 92cm. Courtesy the artist.

3 March—21 April

Abdul Abdullah (NSW)
Abdul-Rahman Abdullah (WA)
Hoda Afshar (VIC)
Safdar Ahmed (NSW)
Khadim Ali (NSW)
Eugenia Flynn (VIC)
Zeina Iaali (NSW)
Khaled Sabsabi (NSW)
Abdullah M.I. Syed (NSW)
Shireen Taweel (NSW)


Saturday 3 March, 5pm

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Curated by Abdul-Rahman Abdullah and Nur Shkembi

ACE Open heralds the arrival of eleven – a national collective of leading Muslim Australian contemporary visual artists, curators and writers – with their first major exhibition, Waqt al-tagheer: Time of change.

Waqt al-tagheer: Time of change examines individual experiences of specific moments – historical, recent or current – that have altered personal understandings of the self. Each of the artists brings forth a defining moment and the reimagining of time; from migration and social and political upheaval, to profound individual realisations.

Through this range of striking and articulate works, the collective’s diverse practices and perspectives raise a new platform from which to voice the dynamism and complexity of the Muslim Australian experience.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; the City of Adelaide; and the Carstairs Prize, funded by a private donor and administered by the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA).