Untitled (The Arrival series), 2017, gouache and gold leaf on hahnamoula paper, 100cm x 75cm. Courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane
KHADIM ALI : FRAGMENTED MEMORIES
For this new body of work, Khadim Ali interrogates the temporal linearity of past, present and future as it may pertain to the experiences of those dislocated from their cultural and geographical connection points. Drawing a parallel with the triangulation of the relationship between a mother, father and child, Ali brings attention to what may eventuate with the rupturing of linkage points between family, and indeed between connection points to time. Central to these inquiries is what might constitute home when geographically estranged, and what might constitute a past when the present is so unfamiliar. Through his intricately rendered drawings and paintings, and tapestries produced in cooperation with traditional artisans, Ali connects the present condition of diasporic peoples with historical narratives of struggle, persecution and dislocation.
Selected recent solo exhibitions include: The Arrival, Milani Gallery, Brisbane 2016; Transitions / Evacuation, ARNDT, Singapore, 2014; The Haunted Lotus, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney and Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong, 2013; Rustam, Rohtas 2, Lahore, Pakistan, 2007, and Green Cardamon London, UK, 2005. Selected recent group exhibitions include Enough خلاص Khalas, University of New South Wales Galleries, Sydney, 2018; Bearing Points, Dhaka Art Summit 2018, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2017; The National, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2017; On Return and What Remains, Artspace, Sydney, 2014, and CACSA, Adelaide, 2015; No Country: Contemporary Art from South and Southeast Asia, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2012; and dOCUMENTA(13), Kassel, Germany; Kabul, Afghanistan, 2012.
Khadim Ali is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane.