COFA Talks Online
COFA Talks - Abdullah Syed - Remarking / Remaking: Beyond the Diaspora
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Remarking / Remaking is an exhibition of contemporary Australian drawing showcasing the works of artists who address Australia's cultural diaspora. The intimacy provided by the drawn medium is a perfect platform for artists to either respond to their own cultural diaspora or their experiences of Australian society. The exhibition presents experimental approaches to drawing, suggesting new pictorial possibilities for the themes of absence, presence, displacement, belonging, and identity.
Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Abdullah M. I. Syed has been a freelance designer since 1999, has coordinated the Department of Design at the University of Karachi, Pakistan and worked as an adjunct lecturer at UCO, USA. His artworks have been featured in four solo and group exhibitions in Bangladesh, Sharjah, USA, Hong Kong, UK, India, Australia and Pakistan. Abdullah has won several awards including the Blacktown Art Prize, works on paper (2010), Tim Olson Drawing prize (runners-up) (2010) Individual Artist of Oklahoma (IAO) Award for Installation (2003), Emerging Talent Award (2002), and the COFA Senior Artist from Asia Scholarship (2006). He is also a recipient of the UNSW's Postgraduate Research Scholarship (2009).
This talk was shot on Tuesday August 14th as part of the COFA Talks series.