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Nadim Abbas at Third Floor

Third Floor continues its programme of work by emerging young artists with a solo exhibition by the Hong Kong artist Nadim Abbas. Taking images and public spaces as his raw material, his work explores the psychology of vision and our relationship to the world around us.

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Nadim Abbas at Third Floor
© Nadim Abbas 2013

Born in Hong Kong inNé en 1980,  à Hong- Kong, Nadim Abbas takes inspiration from literature and psychology. A graduate of Chelsea College of Art and Design (in London), he works on the disconnection between what we see, and how images are treated as memory, by the brain. Abbas explores the interface between the image of an object, and its physical presence. His installations often use mirrors, frames and windows to analyse the mechanics of vision.

Influenced by the writings of Influencé par les écrits de Georges Bataille andet Roland Barthes and by science fiction, Nadim Abbas orchestrates psychological forms of kitsch and cliché, in figurative installations punctuated by enigmatic elements that undermine the created space. His work uses coral – for its reactivity under stress – echoing his compatriots’ passion for indoor aquariums. Similarly, he uses pictures of the Victoria Falls (which he has never visited), to sublimate the ultimate ‘viewpoint’ of the much-photographed site – a topos concentrating thousands of anonymous tourist snaps.

Nadim Abbas teaches at the enseigne à la City University of Hong Kong School of Creative Media, and the  et à la Hong Kong Art School/ RMIT University. He promotes contemporary art in Hong Kong through an exhibition space founded in 2011, managed collectively with other artists.

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Third Floor, Singapour 541 Orchard Road, Liat Towers, Singapour Open daily, 10.30 am - 7.30 pm

Free admission : from 10/05/2013 to 23/06/2013


Curator: Emi Eu