As a cross-cultural study, Moneyscape is a response to my early experiences of the world as a series of images printed on paper bank notes. The pop-up sculpture presents a real object transformed by the hand into an imaginary landscape.
The deconstructed, engraved images of political and financial houses interspersed with picturesque natural landscapes romanticise the abstract concept of monetary ownership and power. However, beyond this, money also has infinite temporal dimensions that connect human narratives, histories and place.
Courtesy of Aicon Gallery, NY
An artist, freelance designer, and independent curator, Abdullah M. I. Syed was born in Karachi, Pakistan (1974). Presently he is completing a PhD in Fine Arts practice and lecturing at the College of Fine Arts (COFA), UNSW, Sydney.
Syed’s artwork utilizes a variety of mediums and techniques to communicate complex political ideas. This includes print screening and the shadow play produced with dollar bills and razorblades. His political commentary tackles controversial topics such as the War on Terror, immigration, and Western attitudes towards the East.
He participated in the Britto artists’ workshop and an artist residency at Cicada Press. He has also co-curated exhibitions, notably Michael Esson: A Survey of Drawing, Michael Kempson: A Survey of Prints, Aboriginal Dreams and Let’s Draw the Line in Karachi, Pakistan.
As a designer he co-coordinated the Design Department at the University of Karachi as well as lectured there and at UCO in the United States.
Hand cut and woven US dollar bills and Chinese Yuan in custom made Perspex vitrine
25 x 15 x 14 cm
Highly Commended; Finalist
Judges of the 2014 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: Lisa Havilah (Director of Carriageworks), Justin Miller (International Art Advisor and former Chairman of Sotheby's Australia) and Gretel Packer (Arts Patron and Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW).
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