Fatima’s art on display in three national museums


Across the last few years my work has been displayed at museums in Canberra, Sydney  and Melbourne. Two large works along with my life story and other personal items have been on permanent display at the National Museum’s Australian Journeys exhibition since the exhibit opened in 2009. One of the works, Wish you were here was specially commissioned by the National Museum for the exhibition and it hangs alongside another artwork made of wood, Tales of the Souk. Two of my Moroccan birdhouses also feature in the display.

The NMA describes the gallery as “looking at the social, political and economic impacts of journeys beginning in the period before European settlement in Australia and continuing through to the 21st century.” I often revisit the exhibition to give talks to groups touring the Journeys gallery and the museum.

Fatima and the girls at the opening of the Australian Journeys gallery in 2009

Fatima with Amira and Yasmine at the launch of the Australian Journeys gallery at the NMA in 2009

The Conflicts 1945 to today exhibition opened  at the Australian War Memorial in 2008. The large exhibition covers one wing on the lower level of the War memorial building. My collograph Besieged is one of four colour collographs about the Iraq war acquired by the AWM. The print is displayed with artworks of other international war artists.

This major permanent exhibition covers the Gulf Wars, the war in Afghanistan, the Korean and Vietnam wars, the Malayan emergency and the Indonesian confrontation as well as peacekeeping operations. The gallery includes a full size Iroquois helicopter, the massive ship’s bridge of the HMAS Brisbane and an animated diorama of a battle scene in the Vietnam War.

Fatima filming in front of the "Besieged" artwork on display at the Australian War memorial

Fatima filming in front of the “Besieged” artwork on display at the Australian War Memorial

The Islamic Museum of Australia in Melbourne opened in early 2014. I have exhibited at the museum both individually and with the Australian Muslim Artists. My artwork titled Looted examines the illicit resale of antiquities stolen from Iraqi museums to international collectors and other major museums.

The galleries of the Islamic Museum explore one thousand years of Islam in civilisation and the Muslim contribution to Australia since settlement in 1788.  Last month I joined with other speakers and spoke about my work at the Islamic Arts Symposium held over several days at the IMA.

Looted 2005 - Fatima Killeen - www.fatimakilleen.com

Looted 2005 – on display at the Islamic Museum of Australia, Melbourne.

 

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Islamic Arts Symposium at the IMA


Fatima Killeen at the Islamic Arts Symposium held at the Islamic Museum of Australia

Fatima Killeen at the Islamic Arts Symposium held at the IMA in early march 2016

Last week the Islamic Museum of Australia invited me to Melbourne to talk at the inaugural Islamic Arts Symposium and attend the Gala Ball on Sunday evening . I spoke about my work and how art affects change by expressing our concerns and worries through artistic endeavour. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet people from Australia and overseas.  Here is a summary of my talk:

Does Art Affect Social Change?

Artists are producing artworks that are influenced by social issues and are directly affecting their lives such as anti-war, anti-immigration policies, climate change, inequality, discrimination…

For nearly two decades war has engulfed most of my thoughts to express my concern in relation to the humanitarian, the social, and the environmental impact that had on countries of conflict and how the American led wars have succeeded in turning them into zones of crisis.

Arab and Muslim countries have become the testing ground for modern warfare, creating contaminated military landfill that polluted the soil and the waterways. America has deliberately decided against providing financial support to the local economies of Iraq and Afghanistan; they transported  tons of prepackaged consumable goods into the country, eventually leaving years of waste material buried under discreet landfill.

My work is an outcry and a desperate need for change, though sometimes I feel as if I am pouring water on sand while most people are disengaged and misguided about the social issues concerning migration, detainees and asylum seekers fleeing war entrenched countries.

Social change can be engaging and stimulating to the creation of a tangible body of work asserting an artistic direction and social interest. Art on the other hand can be empowering to indoctrinate society, creating a social comity and a considerate behavior to others and all.

Art is a visual language instantaneously recognized and able to shout out loud messages of various concerns. This can engage debates not only within small communities, but thanks to the social media it can amplify deliberations to other parts of the world.

Financial conditions can either hinder the creative process of making a body of work that could comment on social issues or generate a stream of endless creativity with poignant ideas.

Art is an engine of a thriving society where power is built on artistic creation, tolerance and critical thinking. It is not necessarily about making the perfect picture or artwork that matches the sofa; it is a conscious determination to make a statement in order to endorse respect and sustain the wellbeing of the global environment that we all share.

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Sacred group exhibition at M16 – Benita & Fatima


Fatima Killeen and Benita Tunks in front of the ‘The shroud has no pockets’ and ‘Awakening of an old flame 1 & 2’.

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Sacred exhibition opens at M16 Gallery in Canberra


Our latest group exhibition “Sacred” opened last night at the M16 Gallery in Canberra. There was a good turnout for the opening and Dr Stephanie Dowrick flew down from Sydney as our guest speaker. The exhibition was curated by the very hard-working Benita Tunks. The artists include Rachel Develin, Tina Fiveash, Gerald Jones, Mary Kayser, Matthew Harding, Jenni Kemarre Martiniello, Amanda Stuart, Marcus Tatton, Bruce Tunks and Fatima Killeen. The Canberra Times featured an article by Sally Pryor about the exhibition titled ‘Exhibition comes from contemplation’.

To read the article – CLICK HERE

Sacred exhibition opening

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Sacred exhibition at M16 Gallery – video interview with Fatima


The exhibition “Sacred” opens from 15 November to 1 December 2013 at the M16 Gallery in Canberra. The show is curated by Benita Tunks with works on display by Rachel Develin, Tina Fiveash, Gerald Jones, Mary Kayser, Fatima Killeen, Matthew Harding, Jenni Kemarre Martiniello, Amanda Stuart, Marcus Tatton and Bruce Tunks.

The exhibition opens on Friday 15 November at 6pm with a speech by Dr Stephanie Dowrick and the M16 Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday  12pm-5pm.
An artist floor talk will be held Saturday 16 November at 1pm

M16 is located at 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith ACT
http://www.m16artspace.com.au/exhibitions_and_events/sacred

A video interview discussing my artwork in the exhibition is on YouTube.

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Article about Fatima Killeen in the Al Maghribia newspaper (Morocco)


On International Women’s Day the Al Maghribia newspaper published an article about Fatima while she is travelling in Morocco.Fatima Killeen = International Women's Day - Al Maghribia article

Read the article HERE

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Fatima Killeen exhibiting at Spot les Rencontres Artistiques Exposition de Peinture in Rabat


Fatima is currently in Morocco and exhibiting in Rabat along with 30 other Moroccan artists at the Spot the Encounters Art Painting Exhibition from 19 to 31 March 2013 at the Cultural Complex Agdal, organized by the Association of Visual Arts in Morocco.

Spot les Rencontres Artistiques Exposition de Peinture du 19 au 31 Mars au Complexe Culturel Agdal-Ryad à Rabat organisée par l’Association de lauréats section Arts plastiques au Maroc.

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