Nadim Abbas

Nadim Abbas is an installation artist based in Hong Kong, who uses a diverse range of media spanning photography, performance, installation and sculpture. Abbas is interests mainly surround references from the every day and in particular how urban living conditions have produced specific social trends and subcultures.

 

Abbas’s practice includes heavy research to inspire works that play on the psychological patterns of familiar objects and the domestic. In his recent work, including ‘Camoufleur’ (VITRINE, London, 2017), Abbas touches on the unlikely correlation between domesticity and warfare. His work also draws thematic inspiration from literature, science and psychology. Abbas uses almost fetishistic behaviour towards collecting of these objects from markets or cheap stores to incorporate into his art or to serve as cues for research.

 

Nadim Abbas (b. 1980, Hong Kong, China) received his BFA from London’s Chelsea College of Art & Design (2002) and MPhil from the University of Hong Kong Department of Comparative Literature. He was awarded the Asian Cultural Council Altius Fellowship and the HK Arts Development Award (Young Artist / Visual Arts) in 2014 and was exhibited in the 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art (2017/2018).

Recent solo exhibitions include: Blue Noon, Last Tango, Zurich, CH (2017); Camoufleur, VITRINE, London (2017); Chimera, Antenna Space, Shanghai (2016); The Last Vehicle, UCCA, Beijing (2016); #4, Holy Motors, HK (2016); Zone I, The Armory Show, Armory Focus: China, New York (2014); Satellite of ⁂, CL3 Architects, HK Arts Centre, HK (2013); Tetraphilia, Third Floor Hermés, Singapore (2013); and Marine Lover, ARTHK11 Special Projects (2011).

Recent group exhibitions include: Milieu, Bern, CH (2017); Only the Lonely, inCube Arts, New York (2016); China 8: Views of China, NRW Forum, Düsseldorf (2015); Triennial: Surround Audience, New Museum, New York (2015); Unseen Existence: Dialogues with the Environment in Contemporary Arts, HK Arts Centre, HK (2014); Going, going, until I meet the tide, Busan Biennale (2014); The Part In The Story Where A Part Becomes A Part Of Something Else, Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2014); Apocalypse Postponed, Absolut at Art Basel Hong Kong (2014); and Where Narrative Stops, Wilkinson Gallery’, London (2013).

Abbas will be presented in the 2018 Munich Biennale in June, with the collaborative production Bubble <3 (a coproduction with Musik der Jahrhunderte Stuttgart, commissioned by the West Kowloon Cultural District; in cooperation with Connecting Spaces Hong Kong / and the Zurich University of the Arts; and the Goethe Institute Hong Kong) and has been awarded a residency at Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, USA (Sept-Nov 2018).

Nadim Abbas, Blue Noon, 2017. Multimedia installations. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of Last Tango, Zurich, CH.

Nadim Abbas, Blue Noon, 2017. Multimedia installations. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of Last Tango, Zurich, CH.

Nadim Abbas, Blue Noon, 2017. Multimedia installations. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of Last Tango, Zurich, CH.

Nadim Abbas, Blue Noon, 2017. Multimedia installations. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of Last Tango, Zurich, CH.

Nadim Abbas, Blue Noon, 2017. Multimedia installations. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of Last Tango, Zurich, CH.

Nadim Abbas, Chamber 667, 2016. Mixed media installation (acrylic panels, galvanised steel, latex gloves w/ attachment flange rings, spray-coated wood, carpet tiles, jumbo toilet rolls, skirting board/panel, house paint), Dimensions variable. Installation view, 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art, RU, 2017.

Nadim Abbas, Chamber 667, 2016. Mixed media installation (acrylic panels, galvanised steel, latex gloves w/ attachment flange rings, spray-coated wood, carpet tiles, jumbo toilet rolls, skirting board/panel, house paint), Dimensions variable. Installation view, 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art, RU, 2017.

Nadim Abbas, Chamber 667, 2016. Mixed media installation (acrylic panels, galvanised steel, latex gloves w/ attachment flange rings, spray-coated wood, carpet tiles, jumbo toilet rolls, skirting board/panel, house paint), Dimensions variable. Installation view, 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art, RU, 2017.

Nadim Abbas, Human Rhinovirus 14, 2016. Mixed media installation (centrifugal blowers, beach balls, still projections, sandbags, galvanised steel), Dimensions variable. Installation view, 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art, RU, 2017.

Nadim Abbas, Human Rhinovirus 14, 2016. Mixed media installation (centrifugal blowers, beach balls, still projections, sandbags, galvanised steel), Dimensions variable. Installation view, Duddells, London, UK, 2017.

Nadim Abbas, Human Rhinovirus 14, 2016. Mixed media installation (centrifugal blowers, beach balls, still projections, sandbags, galvanised steel), Dimensions variable. Installation view, Duddells, London, UK, 2017.

Nadim Abbas, Human Rhinovirus 14, 2016. Mixed media installation (centrifugal blowers, beach balls, still projections, sandbags, galvanised steel), Dimensions variable. Courtesy of Antenna Space, Shanghai, CN.

Nadim Abbas, Camoufleur, 2017, Installation view. VITRINE, London. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.

Nadim Abbas, Camoufleur, 2017, Installation view. VITRINE, London. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.

Nadim Abbas, #4, 2016. Cosplay helmet mounted on green screen / cyclorama. Dimensions variable. Installation view. VITRINE, London. Photographer: Luke Casey.

Nadim Abbas, The Last Vehicle, 2016. Mixed media installation with durational performance. Dimensions variable.

Nadim Abbas, The Last Vehicle, 2016. Mixed media installation with durational performance. Dimensions variable.

Nadim Abbas, Blancmange, n ways, 2016. Mixed media. Dimensions variable. Installation view. Courtesy of Antenna Space, Shanghai, CN.

Nadim Abbas, HBV/HIV/HPV/HSV, 2013. Video installation (Video-loops, CRT Variable 2013 HPV / HSV televisions, wooden dollies, set of 4). Dimensions variable. Edition of 4 (1 AP).

Nadim Abbas, HBV/HIV/HPV/HSV, 2013. Video installation (Video-loops, CRT Variable 2013 HPV / HSV televisions, wooden dollies, set of 4). Dimensions variable. Edition of 4 (1 AP).

Nadim Abbas, HBV/HIV/HPV/HSV, 2013. Video installation (Video-loops, CRT Variable 2013 HPV / HSV televisions, wooden dollies, set of 4). Dimensions variable. Edition of 4 (1 AP).

Nadim Abbas, HBV/HIV/HPV/HSV, 2013. Video installation (Video-loops, CRT Variable 2013 HPV / HSV televisions, wooden dollies, set of 4). Dimensions variable. Edition of 4 (1 AP).

Nadim Abbas, HBV/HIV/HPV/HSV, 2013. Video installation (Video-loops, CRT Variable 2013 HPV / HSV televisions, wooden dollies, set of 4). Dimensions variable. Edition of 4 (1 AP).

Nadim Abbas, Zone I, 2014. Lightweight concrete casts, robotic vacuum cleaner, rug, skirting board, house paint. Dimensions variable.

Nadim Abbas, Tetracycline/ Tetrahydrocanna binol/ Tetrahydrogestri none/ Tetrasodium pyrophosphate, 2013. Video installation (Video-loops, CRT Variable 2013 HPV / HSV televisions, wooden dollies, set of 4). Dimensions variable. Edition of 4 (1 AP).

Nadim Abbas, Tetracycline/ Tetrahydrocanna binol/ Tetrahydrogestri none/ Tetrasodium pyrophosphate, 2013. Video installation (Video-loops, CRT Variable 2013 HPV / HSV televisions, wooden dollies, set of 4). Dimensions variable. Edition of 4 (1 AP).

Nadim Abbas, Tetracycline/ Tetrahydrocanna binol/ Tetrahydrogestri none/ Tetrasodium pyrophosphate, 2013. Video installation (Video-loops, CRT Variable 2013 HPV / HSV televisions, wooden dollies, set of 4). Dimensions variable. Edition of 4 (1 AP).

Nadim Abbas, Tetracycline/ Tetrahydrocanna binol/ Tetrahydrogestri none/ Tetrasodium pyrophosphate, 2013. Video installation (Video-loops, CRT Variable 2013 HPV / HSV televisions, wooden dollies, set of 4). Dimensions variable. Edition of 4 (1 AP).

Nadim Abbas, Tetracycline/ Tetrahydrocanna binol/ Tetrahydrogestri none/ Tetrasodium pyrophosphate, 2013. Video installation (Video-loops, CRT Variable 2013 HPV / HSV televisions, wooden dollies, set of 4). Dimensions variable. Edition of 4 (1 AP).

Nadim Abbas, TTRGRM MTN, 2013. Lightjet on Duraclear (set of 16). 40 x 30 cm each. Edition of 4 (2 AP).

Nadim Abbas, Marine Lover – A Hermatypic Romance, 2011. Polyresin coral casts, fluorescent black lights, plywood, door frames, mirror. 300 x 100 x 1900 cm.

Nadim Abbas, Cataract, 2010. Ceramic tiles, aluminium window frames, recycling shower system, nylon curtains, stainless steel tubing. Dimensions variable. Image Courtesy of EXPERIMENTA.

Nadim Abbas, Cataract, 2010. Ceramic tiles, aluminium window frames, recycling shower system, nylon curtains, stainless steel tubing. Dimensions variable. Image Courtesy of EXPERIMENTA.

Nadim Abbas, Cataract, 2010. Ceramic tiles, aluminium window frames, recycling shower system, nylon curtains, stainless steel tubing. Dimensions variable. Image Courtesy of EXPERIMENTA.

Nadim Abbas, I Would Prefer Not To #1, 2009. Digital C-print. 42 x 64 cm. Edition of 5.

Nadim Abbas, I Would Prefer Not To #2, 2009. Digital C-print. 42 x 64 cm. Edition of 5.

Nadim Abbas, I Would Prefer Not To #3, 2009. Digital C-print. 42 x 64 cm. Edition of 5.

Nadim Abbas, I Would Prefer Not To #4, 2009. Digital C-print. 42 x 64 cm. Edition of 5.

Nadim Abbas, I Would Prefer Not To #6, 2009. Digital C-print. 42 x 64 cm. Edition of 5.

Nadim Abbas, I Would Prefer Not To #7, 2009. Digital C-print. 42 x 64 cm. Edition of 5.