Abdul-Rahman Abdullah

Trevor is a goat. Trevor has something to say.

TEDxPerth 2017
November 2017

Talk length:

8:55

Trevor is a goat. Trevor has something to say. | Abdul-Rahman Abdullah | TEDxPerth

This is a story about the enduring friendship of a man and a goat. West Australian contemporary artist Abdul-Rahman Abdullah leads us through a tale of empathy, resilience, rainbows and pooping. Sometimes the world is a happy place, full of sunshine and optimism and sometimes we are trapped by the frustrating limits of our own existence. It has always been a matter of perspective. Abdul-Rahman is a Perth-based contemporary artist working primarily in sculpture and installation. Using his experience as a Muslim Australian of mixed cultural heritage as a starting point, he explores social, political and spiritual aspects of cultural identity. As a storyteller, Abdul-Rahman combines the emotive power of animal archetypes with immersive installation and traditional craftsmanship to tell old tales in new ways.

Since graduating from Curtin University in 2012, he has exhibited at major art institutes around Australia and undertaken residencies, research and projects in China, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Indonesia and New Zealand. He was recognised alongside his brother Abdul Abdullah with the inaugural Western Australia Multicultural Recognition Award for the Visual Arts in 2016.

Abdullah lives with his wife Anna Louise Richardson on a cattle property in Perth’s southern suburbs. They share a large studio surrounded by nature, family and art.

Abdul-Rahman Abdullah
Visual Artist

Abdul-Rahman is a Perth-based contemporary artist working primarily in sculpture and installation. Over the past five years Abdullah has been exploring the social, political and spiritual aspects of cultural identity. Taking his own experiences as a Muslim Australian of mixed cultural heritage as a starting point, he aims to communicate shared understandings of individual identity within the family environment, new mythologies and marginalised perspectives in a multicultural context. Abdul-Rahman sees himself as a storyteller who uses the emotive impact of animal archetypes, immersive installation and traditional craftsmanship to tell old tales in new ways.

Since graduating from Curtin University in 2012, he has exhibited in major art institutes around Australia and undertaken residencies, research trips and projects in China, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Indonesia and New Zealand. In 2016 he was recognised by the West Australian government alongside his brother Abdul Abdullah with the inaugural Multicultural Recognition Award for the Visual Arts.

Abdullah lives with his wife Anna Louise Richardson on her family cattle property in Perth’s southern suburbs. They share a large studio surrounded by nature, family and art.