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  • August 2021


ABDUL RAHMAN ABDULLAH | The language of the birds | 2019 | wood, paint and silk,| Wesfarmers Collection of Australian Art, seen in the exhibition Everything is true: ABDUL RAHMAN ABDULLAH, John Curtin Gallery, Perth, February 2021

Featuring an entirely Western Australian line-up of performing and visual arts for the first time in its 68-year history, Perth Festival 2021 offered a month-long celebration of home-grown talent supported by Wesfarmers Arts in February and March.

The dynamic program featured a record number of local commissions, with 10 works for the stage, four music compositions and over 30 new works from visual artists made possible with support from Wesfarmers Arts as Perth Festival’s long-standing Visual Arts Partner. Among the highlights on offer was the exhibition. Everything is true transforming John Curtin Gallery into a dreamscape of animal and otherworldly presences by Abdul-Rahman Abdullah – one of Australia’s most compelling contemporary artists.

This largest exhibition of the work of the artist to date featured work from The Wesfarmers Collection, The language of the birds, 2019 (pictured above) and many other major public and private collections.

The Wesfarmers Collection of Australian Art acknowledges all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traditional Custodians of Country and recognises their continuing connection to land, sea, culture and community. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

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