Nadim Abbas discusses his current exhibition ‘Poor Toy’ and wider practice in conversation with Zurich-based critic Aoife Rosenmeyer. Join us for this opportunity to gain insight into Abbas’ practice, which involves research into a diverse variety of sources – from art, design and literature to psychology, biology and the horror genre – and work in installation, sculpture, drawing, video and performance.
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). Abbas was included in Omar Kholeif’s recent publication ‘The Artists Who Will Change the World’ (2018, published by Thames and Hudson). 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).
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; Fundaziun Nairs, Engiadina, CH; Milieu, Bern, CH; Last Tango, Zurich, CH; Antenna Space, Shanghai, CN; VITRINE, London, UK; Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK: inCube Arts, New York; The Armory Show, Armory Focus: China, New York, US; ARTHK11 Special Projects, Hong Kong, CN; and Absolut at Art Basel Hong Kong 2014, Hong Kong, CN.
Aoife Rosenmeyer is a Zurich-based critic and translator, writing for publications including Art Monthly, Art Review, art agenda, frieze and Kunstbulletin. Recent book contributions include Weiche Raster (Kunstmuseum Olten, 2018), Saudade, An Intersection of Archives and Art (Expatriate Archive Centre, Den Haag, 2018) and Markus Kummer (2017). In 2018 she was awarded the City of Zurich grant for art mediation.