Khadim Ali
The haunted lotus

6 Mar – 1 Jun 2014

Location: Contemporary project space

Free admission

The AGNSW Contemporary Project considers family, the Hazara people and culture, and the emergence of a lawless society in contemporary Afghanistan.

In this exhibition Khadim Ali wrestles with the violence he experienced in Afghanistan through images that interpret a mythological past – the 10th-century Persian epic poem the Shahnameh or ‘Book of kings’.

Influenced by Persian miniatures, his images on paintings and rugs depict demons from the Shahnameh in a complex act of identification with demonised – or dehumanised – people.

Made in collaboration with weavers in Afghanistan, this is the first time Ali has used the medium of rug-making.

Free admission

Image: Khadim Ali The haunted lotus 2013 (detail), courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane © the artist