Public Art Talks: Adel Abidin, Kutluğ Ataman, Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan in conversation
Date: Wednesday, 13 November 2019
Location: Fire Station, Cinema
As part of the ongoing series ‘Public Art Talks’ artists Adel Abidin, Kutluğ Ataman, and Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan will be in conversation to discuss their artistic practice and art in public space. The event is moderated by Laura Barlow, Curator and introduced by Abdulrahman Al Ishaq, Head of Public Art, Qatar Museums.
Adel Abidin uses video, sound, photography and sculptural work to explore the complex relationship between visual art, politics and identity. His cross-cultural background (as an Iraqi artist living between Helsinki and Amman), informs his practice using a sharp palette of irony and humor to address elusive experiences and cultural alienation, while maintaining an ultimately humanistic approach.
Kutluğ Ataman, is a Turkish filmmaker and contemporary artist. Ataman's early works examine the ways in which people and communities create and rewrite their identities through self-expression, blurring the line between reality and fiction. His later works focus on history and geography as man-made constructs.
Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan work together as a couple, parents and artists. While each pursues individual creative vocations, their collaboration dwells on their everyday life, creating projects that demonstrate instincts of collecting as well as the techniques of exposition. In their work the Aquilizans negotiate identity and trace points of mobility, a perspective that is informed by their experience as Filipino migrants living in Australia as well as the contexts of their installations internationally.