Dogs of a strange war
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.