New exhibition explores cultural anxiety

Published Wednesday, 6th September 2017

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A new spring exhibition at Fairfield City Museum & Gallery (FCMG) will explore themes of social representation and identity among the Muslim community.

We Are All Affected, which officially opens on 21 September at 6.30pm, provides insight into what is becoming a culturally specific form of anxiety and its link to identity.

FCMG Coordinator Carmel Aiello said the exhibition has an important message.

We Are All Affected is a significant exhibition that helps us to gain greater understanding of how Islamic members of our community may feel in contemporary Australia,” she said.

Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone said the exhibition continues FCMG’s dedication towards showcasing the City’s cultural diversity.

“Council continues to celebrate our City’s diversity as one of our greatest assets and through exhibitions at FCMG which reflect our multiculturalism, we can ensure our City’s various voices are heard and more widely understood,” Mayor Carbone said.

As part of the exhibition launch, guests are invited to join academic and Walkley Award winning artist Safdar Ahmed in conversation with the exhibiting artists, writers and curators for a topical discussion on the link between race, identity and anxiety.

The panel includes award winning featured artists Abdul Abdullah, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Khaled Sabsabi and Idil Abdullahi; along with writer and blogger Eugenia Flynn and Melbourne based independent curator and writer Nur Shkembi.

In addition to the launch and discussion panel, two of the exhibiting artists will run free workshops that link to the theme of anxiety.

‘The Art of Healing through Henna’ will be run by Idil Abdullahi on Saturday 30 September, 10am-1pm. The henna art workshop will be both creative and enjoyable, while facilitating discussions with attendees about anxiety.

Join artist Abdul Abdullah on 7 October from 2pm-3.30pm at his workshop ‘Thinking into Making’ as he discusses his creative process, offering practical steps and advice about turning ideas into art.

We Are All Affected forms part of The Big Anxiety Festival of Interactive Arts, running between 20 September and 11 November. The exhibition is run in partnership with the National Institute of Experimental Arts, UNSW Art & Design and Peacock Gallery Auburn.

Please visit to register for the exhibition launch.

Exhibition details
We Are All Affected
21 September – 11 November
Fairfield City Museum & Gallery,
634 The Horsley Drive, Smithfield
Parking off Oxford Street