The AMI provided funding support for an Artist in Residence Program 2015 at the Islamic Museum of Australia in June this year with a reciprocal arts exchange at the Galeri Petronas in Kuala Lumpur during July. The arts provide an important means for cultural exchange and dialogue, enhancing engagement and participation through people to people linkages. Two artists – Abdul Rahman Abdullah from Australia, and Badrolhisham Tahir from Malaysia – have been provided with the opportunity to explore their art making practice in new cultural contexts.
About the artists
Badrolhisham Tahir is a Malaysian born artist, writer and curator. He holds a Masters in Fine Art from Goldsmith’s College, London and is currently the curator at Galeri Petronas in Kuala Lumpur. Badrol is a contemporary calligrapher, painter and illustrator with an intellectual discourse that spans over fifty published articles and catalogues. Badrol has curated numerous exhibitions which explore the contemporary elements of society through the arts. His artistic practice explores monochromatic renderings of traditional calligraphy and an interest in material experimentation and exploration through tactile two dimensional works.
Abdul Rahman Abdullah
Abdul-Rahman is an emerging West Australian artist working primarily in sculpture and installation. His work seeks to utilise the subjective qualities of figurative sculpture within the built environment to create an immersive experience. Abdullah’s practice draws on the storytelling capacity of animal archetypes to explore alternative definitions of cultural identity, focusing on memory and autobiographical narratives to examine esoteric social histories within an Australian environment.
Attending the Victorian College of the Arts (VIC), then Curtin University (WA), Abdul-Rahman Abdullah graduated with a BA in 2012. In 2013 he was the West Australian recipient of the Qantas Foundation Encouragement of Australian Contemporary Art Award. In 2014 he was awarded an Art and Australia / Credit Suisse Contemporary Art Award and won the Fishers Ghost Sculpture Award. Recent exhibitions include WA Focus; Abdul Abdullah and Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, the Art Gallery of Western Australia (WA), In The Name, Alaska Projects (NSW) and Menagerie, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (VIC). In 2016 he will exhibit in Magic Object – The Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, at the Art Gallery of South Australia. He is held in the collections of Artbank, Islamic Museum of Australia, Campbelltown Art Centre, Murdoch University and the Art Gallery of Western Australia.