Rapper, poet and author Omar Musa and artist Abdul Abdullah speak about how self-expression, creativity and story-telling has given each a powerful...

Vivid Art After Hours: 'Other' Voices

Location:

NSW
Australia

Venue:
Art Gallery of New South Wales
VIVID Art After Hours: 'Other' Voices - Vivid Ideas 2019
VIVID Art After Hours: 'Other' Voices - Vivid Ideas 2019

Speakers

Abdul Abdullah

Abdul Abdullah

Visual Artist & Radio Host

Abdul Abdullah is a seventh generation Australian who has become increasingly political in his art practice to keep pace with the politicisation of his cultural identity.
 
In 2011 Abdullah was a recipient of Kickstart funding for the 2012 Next Wave Festival, was selected as a finalist in the Archibald prize and won the Blake Prize for Human Justice. He has been hung as an Archibald Prize finalist a further two times since, and in 2015 showed as part of the annual Primavera exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney and APT8 at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.
Omar Musa

Omar Musa

Event Details

Rapper, poet and author Omar Musa and artist Abdul Abdullah speak about how self-expression, creativity and story-telling has given each a powerful ‘voice’ to explore issues of identity and culture in modern Australia. After the talk Omar performs a selection of his blisteringly eloquent poems. Then, OKENYO will blow you away with her electronic soul and powerful voice.

Omar Musa, a Malaysian - Australian rapper, poet and award winning author is known for confronting the dark realities of Australian history and culture. His critically acclaimed debut novel Here Comes the Dogs is described by The Guardian as “at once tender, beautiful, gritty and raw”. As part of Sydney Festival, his recent solo performance at Griffin Theatre Since Ali Died was a hypnotic and unmissable hour of theatre. Hear Omar’s take on everything from suburban violence to lost love to his Malaysian heritage and growing up as a brown skinned Muslim boy in Queanbeyan.

Abdul Abdullah works across painting, photography, video, installation and performance. As a self-described ‘outsider amongst outsiders’, his practice is primarily concerned with the experience of the ‘other’ in society. Abdullah’s projects have engaged with different marginalized minority groups and the experience of young Muslims in the contemporary multicultural Australian context. A finalist in the Archibald and Wynne prizes in many years, he was shortlisted along with his brother Abdul-Rahman Abdullah to represent Australia in the 2019 Venice Biennale.

OKENYO has been described as ‘equal parts Frank Ocean, Grace Jones and M.I.A’. Her voice is bewitching and she pushes the boundaries of electronic soul and pop. She is best known for the song Woman’s World from her debut album The Wave and has just released the new single Hang Your Hat. OKENYO proudly shows her vulnerability and her strength through her lyrics. Catch this star on the rise.

Topical talks and live music are just part of the entertainment each evening. Stay for a free drawing workshop. Vivid Art After Hours events are free and everyone is welcome. While you’re there, catch the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prize 2019 exhibition too (admission prices apply).
 

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Access and Inclusion

  • Auslan Interpreted - Auslan interpreted events are for audiences who are Deaf and use Australian Sign Language (Auslan) as their primary means of communication. Experienced Auslan theatre interpreters stand to the side of the stage and translate what the speakers are saying or Auslan signing the text and dialogue live. Audiences requiring this service are seated in the section closest to the interpreter to ensure good sightlines.
  • Wheelchair accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.