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April 2012


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Sharing Their Talents  

Sydney based artists Zeina Iaali and Idil Abdullahi will be sharing their talents with an interstate audience for the first time in 2012 at the Islamic Council of Victoria’s annual exhibition of contemporary Muslim artists You Am I. The ICV exhibition is showing for the fourth consecutive year at the Hume Global Learning Centre where thirty Australian Muslim artists from diverse backgrounds explore a variety of mediums touching on themes ranging from identity and the everyday -- to the Divine.


Script by Zeina Iaali

Hand sculpted ebony, mother of pearl and Perspex sculptures (sizes range from 2cm to 15cm)  
Zeina’s art captures the essence of Arabic calligraphy - the lines, curves, rhythm and balance; the stroke of the scribe, attention to detail and craftsmanship.

The story of immigration doesn't apply to me directly as I was born and raised here, Zeina explains. ‘But who I am is shaped by my parent’s migration to Australia and all their hopes and dreams of a better life.’

As she can’t read or write Arabic, Zeina uses her sculptures as her own way of making sense of the Arabic language, depicting it as an object of beauty. 

A second-generation Arab Australian woman, Zeina’s exploration of her dual identity is poignantly expressed through these stunning hand crafted sculptures. Her experience resonates with other second generation Australians.

Zeina Iaali completed a Bachelor of Applied Arts with Honours at the College of Fine Arts in 2000, and majored in Jewellery; she then studied a postgraduate Master of Teaching course in Visual Arts at Sydney University and was a high school art teacher for six years.


                Idil Abdullahi, Dervish

               Ceramic Vessels (x3) 20cm high x 20cm wide

Idil Abdullahi is a community-based artist who spends much of her time engaging the local refugee communities through her art practice. The three-piece ceramic titled Dervish, shown above, captures the essence of what we associate with images of the ‘whirling dervish’ and combines both culture and spirituality. The viewer is engaged through the artist’s use of shape, colour and texture.

Idil is a recent graduate in Fine Arts from CoFa at the University of New South Wales.

Nur Shkembi

Nur Shkembi is a Melbourne-based contemporary artist and Arts Officer at the Islamic Council of Victoria.   

You Am I: An exhibition of contemporary Muslim artists will be showing at the Hume Global Learning Centre, 1093 Pascoe Vale Road, Broadmeadows from February 15 until March 28, 2012. For exhibition details and opening hours please contact the ICV: (03) 9328 2067 or the Hume Learning Centre: (03) 9356 6999

Our two featured artists are also involved in the Australian Muslim Women’s Art Project, (AMWAP).

The AMWAP exhibition is showing at the Casula Powerhouse in Sydney: May 12 – July 8, 2012. For more information see our Events Page.



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