Nadim Abbas

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

Nadim Abbas, Fake Present Eons (After Posenenske), 2019. Mixed media installation and durational performance. Dimensions variable. Commissioned by Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong, CN. Photographer: Kitmin Lee.
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Nadim Abbas, Fake Present Eons (After Posenenske), 2019. Mixed media installation and durational performance. Dimensions variable. Commissioned by Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong, CN. Photographer: Kitmin Lee.
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Nadim Abbas, Poor Toy, 2019. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer: Nici Jost.
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Nadim Abbas, Poor Toy, 2019. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer: Nici Jost.
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Nadim Abbas, Poor Toy, 2019. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer: Nici Jost.
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Nadim Abbas, Billy Twins, 2019. Particle board, wood, cast concrete, toilet roll. 106 x 250 x 160cm.  Photographer: Nici Jost.
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Nadim Abbas, 4 Rooms (一梯一伙), 2018. Mixed media installation and durational performance. Dimensions variable. 12th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, CN.
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Nadim Abbas, 4 Rooms (一梯一伙), 2018. Mixed media installation and durational performance. Dimensions variable. 12th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, CN.
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Nadim Abbas, 4 Rooms (一梯一伙), 2018. Mixed media installation and durational performance. Dimensions variable. 12th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, CN.
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Nadim Abbas, 4 Rooms (一梯一伙), 2018. Mixed media installation and durational performance. Dimensions variable. 12th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, CN.
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Nadim Abbas, P-SCAPE, 2018. Public sculpture in steel and concrete. Dimensions variable. Installation view. Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong, CN.
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Nadim Abbas, P-SCAPE, 2018. Public sculpture in steel and concrete. Dimensions variable. Installation view. Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong, CN.
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Nadim Abbas, P-SCAPE, 2018. Public sculpture in steel and concrete. Dimensions variable. Installation view. Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong, CN.
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Nadim Abbas, Blue Noon, 2017. Multimedia installation. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of Last Tango, Zurich, CH.
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Nadim Abbas, Blue Noon, 2017. Multimedia installation. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of Last Tango, Zurich, CH.
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Nadim Abbas, Blue Noon, 2017. Multimedia installation. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of Last Tango, Zurich, CH.
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Nadim Abbas, Blue Noon, 2017. Multimedia installation. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of Last Tango, Zurich, CH.
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Nadim Abbas, Hemocyanin Subunit Type II (Limulus Polyphemus), 2017. Risograph on 200gsm acid free paper. Framed. 30 x 30 cm. Edition of 14 (+1AP).
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Nadim Abbas, Deoxyhaemoglobin (Homo Sapiens), 2017. Risograph on 200gsm acid free paper. Framed. 30 x 30 cm. Edition of 14 (+1AP).
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Nadim Abbas, Chamber 667, 2016. Mixed media installation. Dimensions variable. Installation view. 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art 2017, Moscow, RU.
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Nadim Abbas, Chamber 667, 2016. Mixed media installation. Dimensions variable. Installation view. 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art 2017, Moscow, RU.
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Nadim Abbas, Chamber 667, 2016. Mixed media installation. Dimensions variable. Installation view. 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art 2017, Moscow, RU.
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Nadim Abbas, Chamber 667, 2016. Mixed media installation. Dimensions variable. Installation view. 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art 2017, Moscow, RU.
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Nadim Abbas, Human Rhinovirus 14, 2016. Mixed media installation. Dimensions variable. Installation view. Duddells, London, UK.
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Nadim Abbas, Human Rhinovirus 14, 2016. Mixed media installation. Dimensions variable. Installation view. Duddells, London, UK.
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Nadim Abbas, Camoufleur, 2017. Mixed media installation and performance. Dimensions variable. Installation view. VITRINE, London. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.
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Nadim Abbas, Camoufleur, 2017. Mixed media installation and performance. Dimensions variable. Installation view. VITRINE, London. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.
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Nadim Abbas, Camoufleur, 2017. Mixed media installation and performance. Dimensions variable. Installation view. VITRINE, London. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.
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Nadim Abbas, The Last Vehicle, 2016. Mixed media installation with durational performance. Dimensions variable.
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Nadim Abbas, The Last Vehicle, 2016. Mixed media installation with durational performance. Dimensions variable.
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Nadim Abbas, Blancmange, n ways, 2016. Mixed media. Dimensions variable. Installation view. Courtesy of Antenna Space, Shanghai, CN.
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Nadim Abbas, HBV/HIV/HPV/HSV, 2013. Video installation (Looped video, CRT Variable 2013 HPV / HSV televisions, wooden dollies, set of 4). Dimensions variable. Edition of 4 (+1 AP).
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Nadim Abbas, HBV/HIV/HPV/HSV, 2013. Video installation (Looped video, CRT Variable 2013 HPV / HSV televisions, wooden dollies, set of 4). Dimensions variable. Edition of 4 (+1 AP).
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Nadim Abbas, HBV/HIV/HPV/HSV, 2013. Video installation (Looped video, CRT Variable 2013 HPV / HSV televisions, wooden dollies, set of 4). Dimensions variable. Edition of 4 (+1 AP).
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Nadim Abbas, HBV/HIV/HPV/HSV, 2013. Video installation (Looped video, CRT Variable 2013 HPV / HSV televisions, wooden dollies, set of 4). Dimensions variable. Edition of 4 (+1 AP).
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Nadim Abbas, HBV/HIV/HPV/HSV, 2013. Video installation (Looped video, CRT Variable 2013 HPV / HSV televisions, wooden dollies, set of 4). Dimensions variable. Edition of 4 (+1 AP).
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Nadim Abbas, Zone I, 2014. Lightweight concrete casts, robotic vacuum cleaner, rug, skirting board, house paint. Dimensions variable.
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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).
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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).
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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).
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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).
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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).
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Nadim Abbas, TTRGRM MTN, 2013. Lightjet on Duraclear (set of 16). 40 x 30 cm each. Edition of 4 (+2 AP).
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Nadim Abbas, Marine Lover – A Hermatypic Romance, 2011. Polyresin coral casts, fluorescent black lights, plywood, door frames, mirror. 300 x 100 x 1900 cm.
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Nadim Abbas, Cataract, 2010. Ceramic tiles, aluminium window frames, recycling shower system, nylon curtains, stainless steel tubing. Dimensions variable. Image Courtesy of EXPERIMENTA, Heilbronn, DE.
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Nadim Abbas, Cataract, 2010. Ceramic tiles, aluminium window frames, recycling shower system, nylon curtains, stainless steel tubing. Dimensions variable. Image Courtesy of EXPERIMENTA, Heilbronn, DE.
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Nadim Abbas, Cataract, 2010. Ceramic tiles, aluminium window frames, recycling shower system, nylon curtains, stainless steel tubing. Dimensions variable. Image Courtesy of EXPERIMENTA, Heilbronn, DE.
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Nadim Abbas, I Would Prefer Not To #1, 2009. Digital C-print. 42 x 64 cm. Edition of 5.
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Nadim Abbas, I Would Prefer Not To #2, 2009. Digital C-print. 42 x 64 cm. Edition of 5.
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Nadim Abbas, I Would Prefer Not To #2, 2009. Digital C-print. 42 x 64 cm. Edition of 5.
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Nadim Abbas, Camoufleur, 2017
Video documentation of Nadim Abbas' solo show 'Camoufleur' at VITRINE, London, 2017.
2017

Nadim 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 ‘Poor Toy’ (2019), Abbas incorporated references from IKEA, modern horror, Edward Hopper and kodokushi, positioning the domestic space as a site of horror. 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 (2006). He was awarded the Hyde Park Art Center Residency, Chicago, USA (2018); Osage Art Foundation and Fundaziun Nairs Hong Kong/Switzerland Cultural Exchange Project (2017); Asian Cultural Council Altius Fellowship; and the HK Arts Development Award (Young Artist / Visual Arts) in 2014. His site-specific public sculpture ‘P-SCAPE’ was commissioned at Tai Kwun Prison Yard, Hong Kong (2018). Abbas was included in Omar Kholeif’s recent publication ‘The Artists Who Will Change the World’ published by Thames and Hudson in 2018.

He has been exhibited internationally at biennales, institutions, galleries and fairs including: 12th Shanghai Biennale 2018, CN; 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art 2017; Munich Biennale 2018, DE; Triennial 2015: Surround Audience, New Museum, New York, US; Busan Biennale 2014, Busan, KOR; Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, NL; NRW Forum, Düsseldorf, DE; HK Arts Centre, HK; UCCA, Beijing, CN; Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong, CN; Fundaziun Nairs, Engiadina, CH; Milieu, Bern, CH; Last Tango, Zurich, CH; Antenna Space, Shanghai, CN; VITRINE, London, UK; VITRINE, Basel, CH; Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK; inCube Arts, New York, US; The Armory Show, Armory Focus: China, New York, US; ARTHK11 Special Projects, Hong Kong, CN; Absolut at Art Basel Hong Kong 2014, Hong Kong, CN.

Abbas is currently exhibiting in the group show 'Participation Mystique' at Shanghai Ming Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai, CN until 6 September 2020.

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