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

Waqt al-tagheer: Time of change (2018), exhibition view. Photo: Sam Roberts Photography

Shireen Taweel, musallah (2017), installation view, pierced copper, 180 x 180 x 30cm. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Sam Roberts Photography

Khaled Sabsabi, At the Speed of Light (2016), installation view, 11-channel HD video installation with audio, 25 gold leaf, acrylic and enamel paint works on photographic paper, 100 copies (each) of 5 multilingual texts on paper, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery. Photo: Sam Roberts Photography

Eugenia Flynn, With my sister (2018), installation view, vinyl lettering, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Sam Roberts Photography

Waqt al-tagheer: Time of change (2018), exhibition view. Photo: Sam Roberts Photography

Zeina Iaali, Sweetly Moulded (2012), installation view, hand-cut Perspect, 25 x 11 x 4cm each (6 pieces). Courtesy the artist. Photo: Sam Roberts Photography

Abdullah M.I. Syed, Moneyscape IV: Unfinished Pyramid of Solitude (2017); Divine Structure: Dome I (2018); and Untitled Objects (Divine Economy Series) (2018), found shredded and uncirculated U.S. banknotes and Pakistani rupee, dimensions variable. Made with assistance from the Handspinners and Weavers Guild of S.A. and Carly Snoswell. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Sam Roberts Photography

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).

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