Hossein Valamanesh, Artist.

Hossein Valamanesh is an artists based in Adelaide. He has been exhibited widely, both nationally and international, and is represented by Greenaway Art Gallery.

Art and ‘Ilm: An Illustrated Talk. Hossein will present an illustrated talk on his work and its relevance to ‘ilm.


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Khaled Sabsabi, Artist.

Khaled Sabsabi is a multimedia artist whose work reflects the complex and often fraught space of border identities, migrant territories and identity production, characterised by an ever changing and contingent nature. Born in Lebanon, Sabsabi migrated with this family to Australia in 1978 to settle in Western Sydney. He is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

Recent Works: Reflections on Process. Khaled will present several works that deal specifically with enquiries and complexities of artistic representations, religion and spiritually in the contemporary digital context. He will show images and sample videos of the works and speak through the processes, protocols, teachings and histories considered in realising the works.


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Abdul Abdullah, Artist.

Abdul Abdullah is an artist based in Sydney who is currently undertaking a Masters (by research) at University of New South Wales Art & Design. His work responds to the contemporary multicultural Australian experience with articular focus on marginalised communities. Abdullah’s work is included in the collections of GOMA, MCA, AGWA, NGA, Artbank, The Bendigo Gallery and the Campbelltown Regional Gallery. Abdullah is represented by Fehily Contemporary.

Using Art to Confront Prejudice and Projections of Criminality Directed at Young Australian Muslims. I will present two bodies of recent photographic works that examine and respond to projections of criminality directed at young Muslims in Australia since the terrorist attacks in New York on September 11, 2001. The research identifies framing devices used to contextualise Muslims and Islam in negative ways, and how these perceptions have contributed to the contemporary Australian-Muslim identity.


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Nur Shkembi, Curator and PhD Candidate, The University of Melbourne.

Nur Shkembi is a Melbourne based contemporary Muslim artist, independent curator and writer. Nur has been part of the team establishing the Islamic Museum of Australia since 2010, and until recently served as the museum’s Art Director, Exhibitions Manager and foundation Curator. She is also a member of the Museums, Cultural Heritage and Cultural Development Advisory Panel at Arts Victoria. Nur is currently a PhD candidate at the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne.

The Representation of the Australian-Muslim Community in the Contemporary Museum Setting; Contemporary Art as a Tool for Interpretation. A study of three professional Australian Muslim artists, as curated in the contemporary community museum setting, offers a look into contemporary art practice, the necessary repudiation of the traditional museum model and the potential knowledge shift this activates, both within the Muslim community and broader society.



Hamida Novakovich, Curator and Masters Student, The University of Western Australia.

Hamida Novakovich is an emerging curator currently located in Perth and studying a Masters of Curatorial Studies at The University of Western Australia. She was most recently an Assistant Curator at the Berndt Museum of Anthropology and studied Curating at Sotheby’s Institution of Art in New York in June 2014.

Curating Generation Y Muslims: GenYM. This paper discusses my exhibition GenYM (April – July 2016, The Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Perth) exhibiting nine contemporary artists who are all ‘Generation Y’ and from ‘Muslim’ heritage. This exhibition is the culmination of a four year process of researching how exhibitions and institutions have utilized Islamic art or art from Muslim cultures to generate discussion on identity and belonging sometimes beyond the art itself.