Dogs of a strange war

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Fear, both real and imag­ined, is the theme be­hind Pataka Mu­seum’s lat­est ex­hi­bi­tion.

Three in­ter­con­nected solo ex­hi­bi­tions fea­ture in the work, Dark Hori­zons – Fear of an Imag­ined Threat, which opened last month.

Mus­lim-Aus­tralian artists Ab­dul Ab­dul­lah, Ab­dul-Rahman Ab­dul­lah and Khaled Sab­sabi all present their take on mi­gra­tion and mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism through dif­fer­ent medi­ums.

Ab­dul-Rahman Ab­dul­lah’s sculp­tural in­stal­la­tion, The Dogs (2017), fea­tures a room of glass chan­de­liers float­ing above the gallery floor. Through the soft haze of light, a pack of wild black dogs ap­pear, frozen in mid-flight with teeth bared and ears at full at­ten­tion.

In Khaled Sab­sabi’s in­stal­la­tion We Kill You (2016), the artist re­vis­its Le­banon to in­ves­ti­gate the shared, and hotly-con­tested, his­to­ries and ge­og­ra­phy of this re­gion.

Pro­duced over a two-year pe­riod, the footage in­cludes scenes shot in Morocco and Saudi Ara­bia, and is pre­sented as a three-chan­nel video in­stal­la­tion dis­played on two-sided pro­jec­tion screens.

Ab­dul Ab­dul­lah’s Mission Creep se­ries of paint­ings and em­broi­dered fab­ric works bring con­flict closer to home with por­traits of re­turned Aus­tralian mil­i­tary per­son­nel. The fig­ures sit within a deep black back­ground, their eyes peer­ing at the viewer from be­hind an aerosol smi­ley-face emoji spray-painted across the front of the can­vas.

The ex­hi­bi­tion runs un­til 22 Jan­uary 2018.

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