Abdul-Rahman Abdullah

Everything Is True

A Perth Festival event supported by Visual Arts Program Partner Wesfarmers Arts.

SUNDAY 21 February 2021
1pm – 2:30pm

Everything Is True is the largest ever assembly of sculptural work by Perth-based artist Abdul-Rahman Abdullah. This exhibition presents audiences with a blend of exquisite technical virtuosity, material intrigue and a palpable presence that can be both playful and terrifying. Filling the entire John Curtin Gallery, Everything Is True is an emotionally charged journey through the memories, dreamscapes and spiritual imagination of one of Australia’s most compelling contemporary artists.

Free event.

Imaginary Encounters: Curtin Writers Respond to Everything Is True
Facilitated by Associate Professor Rachel Robertson

Wednesday 24 February 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Curtin University creative and professional writing staff and higher degree by research (HDR) students respond to the exhibition Everything Is True in an engaging presentation of poetry and prose.
Curious, we stop to look and enter the imaginary, shaping diverse and unexpected offerings in response to the exhibition. Moving, exploratory and playful, the readings will feature creative work from a range of writers, including award-winning authors Deborah Hunn, Matthew Chrulew and Rosemary Stevens.
Facilitator and contributor Rachel Robertson is Deputy Head of the School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry at Curtin University, author of the memoir Reaching One Thousand and editor of the collections Purple Prose and Dangerous Ideas about Mothers

JCG Building 200A,
Bentley Campus,
Kent Street, Bentley

Free event. Refreshments will be served.

Chris Malcolm

A Perth Festival event supported by Visual Arts Program Partner Wesfarmers Arts.

Wednesday 10 March 12:30pm – 1:30pm

 Join JCG Director, Chris Malcolm as he talks about the Gallery’s current exhibition Everything Is True by one of the Perth’s foremost contemporary sculptors,
Abdul-Rahman Abdullah and provides his own unique perspective on the stunning assemblage of works that fill every Gallery.

John Curtin Gallery,
Building 200A, Curtin University,
Kent Street, Bentley.

Free event. Refreshments will be served.

Further information visit jcg.curtin.edu.au

The Photovoice Voice Project
Professor Jaya Dantas
Wednesday 24 March 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Between 2015 and2017, the Photovoice project, undertaken by Professor Jaya Dantas and her team, explored the personal experiences of 45 refugee women from 10 countries as they began new lives in Australia.   Each woman was provided with a camera with to document her every day life in WA and these photographs were presented in the form of a touring exhibition.
Inspired by the JCG exhibition, Everything Is True, in which artist Abdul-Rahman Abdullah explores cultural identity and the creation of new mythologies in a cross-cultural context, Dr Dantas revisits the project and shares her reflections on the impact this project had on the women.

This Speakers’ Series event will coincide with an exhibition of the women’s poignant and revealing photographs in the Access Gallery from 24 March – 23 April 2021.

Professor Jaya Dantas is Dean International in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Professor of International Health at Curtin University in Western Australia. Her expertise is in refugee and migrant health and education and her focus is on women and youth.

Free event. Refreshments will be served.
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Reaching out for Ghosts: Navigating the In-Between Worlds
Dr Marilyn Metta

Wednesday 31 March 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Dr Marilyn Metta draws on her Malaysian-Chinese heritage to reflect on the intersections of the spiritual, the supernatural, and memory in her cultural-migrant-diasporic identities.

She is particularly interested in the ways in which art, storytelling/storymaking and the performance of rituals can unveil hidden wisdoms. She considers the mysterious and often creative and resourceful ways we learn to survive through generations of migration, displacement and intergenerational trauma.

Dr Metta is a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and Sociology and works with the Centre for Human Rights Education at Curtin University. Marilyn is a writer, film-maker and researcher in the social science, gender studies, human rights and social justice. She’s the Founder & CEO of The Metis Centre, a social justice organisation working to address gendered violence, and the founder of Mettamorphosis Inc. (www.mettamophosis.org.au), a humanitarian organisation working to provide access to education for asylum seeker, refugee and stateless children and young people.

JCG Building 200A,
Bentley Campus,
Kent Street, Bentley

Free event. Refreshments will be served.
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Further information visit jcg.curtin.edu.au or call 9266 4155

Why Carve Animals?
Dr Matthew Chrulew

Wednesday 21 April 12:30pm – 1:30pm

John Dr Matthew Chrulew as he roams through Abdullah’s menagerie and its figures of comfort and marvel, territory and slaughter.
Animals abound in Abdul-Rahman Abdullah’s work: sculpted dogs and stingrays and even a triceratops evoke childhood memories of fear and wonder and provoke questions about what animals mean and do in our everyday lives. Drawing on the interdisciplinary field of animal studies that investigates changing historical relationships with animals – from John Berger’s “Why Look at Animals?” to contemporary meditations on animals in art and culture – this talk will roam through Abdullah’s menagerie and its figures of comfort and marvel, territory and slaughter.
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Creating Love or Fear in the Face of Enduring Evil”
Dr Claudine Lhost

Sun 14 March 2021 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Dr Claudine Lhost is a Doctor of Philosophy. Specialisations in Philosophy , Anthropology and Theology. Her research areas include the ‘Problem of Evil’ in Gnosticism and the French Enlightenment: Bayle, Leibniz, Voltaire, De Sade.

Join Dr Lhost as she looks at representations of fear and evil in contemporary art.

Our events are subject to WA State Government COVID-19 safety protocols and requirements. This limits the size of the event and means that you must register if you plan to attend.

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