SBS Radio Arabic – From Morocco to Canberra: Success story of Artist Fatima Killeen


In January 2018, Fatima was recorded in an interview in Arabic discussing her work, art awards and the acquisition of her artworks by a number of Australian institutions.

Click on the image below to listen to the SBS Radio Arabic interview.

SBS Radio Arabic 24 interview with Fatima Killeen - CLICK for AUDIO

SBS Radio Arabic 24 interview with Fatima Killeen – CLICK for AUDIO

 

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Fatima travels to Jordan for the 3rd AYLA International Art Symposium 2018


Last November I was invited to attend the 3rd AYLA Art Symposium in Aqaba, Jordan to work with twenty-two other artists from different countries for a ten day event. We also had the opportunity to explore Amman, Aqaba, Petra and the Red Sea. It was a great opportunity to make new friends and to exhibit in another Arab country. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I hope to return to Jordan some time soon.

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Fatima Killeen at the AYLA International Art Symposium – Aqaba – Jordan 2018

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Fatima Killeen and other artists at the AYLA International Art Symposium – Aqaba, Jordan 2018

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Fatima Killeen working, Jordan 2018 – AYLA International Art Symposium

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Fatima Killeen “Rituals of Belonging” 3rd AYLA International Art Symposium 2018, Aqaba – Jordan

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Fatima Killeen on a day trip to Petra, Jordan 2018 – AYLA International Art Symposium

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Ballades Migratoires – Fatima Killeen – AwacerTV


A short video about my art produced for AwacerTV in Morocco

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All Muslims should not be blamed for actions of select few, Canberra artist – Fatima Killeen


In an article accompanying the Australia Wide video story “When art and culture collide” ABC reporter Karen Percy talks with Fatima about her art and politics.

Like many Australian Muslims, the Moroccan-born artist is worried about Islamophobia aimed at ordinary Muslims who were blamed for the crimes of others, particularly the so-called Islamic State and other radical groups based overseas.

Read the article – Click here

All Muslims should not be blamed for actions of select few - Canberra artist Fatima Killeen

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TV interviews with Fatima Killeen


Over the years I have often been asked to comment on international and national current affairs. Film crews and reporters visit my home for various stories or content for documentaries. I have even been filmed preparing Moroccan food for several overseas cooking shows in my kitchen.

Fatima Killeen filming at home in Canberra, Australia

Fatima filming at home in Canberra, Australia

The preparation to set up is quite technical and as I work together with the crews I have become firm friends with them as they tackle the unique problems at each different filming location. Sometimes small railway tracks for the camera dollies are clipped together to run through the house to smooth the transitions from room to room. The window sunlight often needs to be filtered  then uncovered again for the close-up shots to reveal the views outside.

Fatima Killeen filming in the Conflicts 1945 to Today exhibition at the Australian War Memorial

Fatima filming in the Conflicts 1945 to Today exhibition at the Australian War Memorial

A number of my artworks are on display in Australia’s national institutions and filming at these locations can be very challenging. Early morning starts are the norm as filming must be completed before the public entry times. The video equipment is wheeled in and out on carts through the many narrow corridors and large exhibition spaces. Noise free sound recording can be particularly difficult as much of the daily cleaning and exhibit maintenance is carried out in the morning hours before the institution opens. All of this leaves very little time for more than one or two takes before the gear is cleared away before the arrival of the public.

Fatima Killeen with NMA staff and film crew after filming at the National Museum of Australia

Fatima with NMA staff and crew after filming at the National Museum of Australia

Interviews for Moroccan radio and television are different. The interview has to be re-recorded several times in Arabic, French and English to accommodate audiences that speak different languages. This also allows the same interview to be used on the multi-language news programs aired at different times of the day.

Fatima Killeen after an interview with the film crew from 2M TV at the MAC-A Gallery located on the beachfront in Asilah, Morocco.

Fatima after an interview with 2M national TV at the MAC-A Gallery located on the beachfront in Asilah, Morocco.

My most recent interview was the ABC Australia Wide program for a segment on “When art and culture collide” featuring the Islamic Museum of Australia. This interview shows my art displayed in the IMA and my comments were filmed in the studio spaces at home. You can watch the program at the times shown below or over the web on ABC iView for a limited time after the on-air dates.

Here is a link to program: (segment starts @15mins 34 secs).

Airs on: Saturday 30 Apr 2016, 11:30am

  • Saturday 30 Apr 2016, 9:31pm (Repeat) abc news24
  • Sunday 1 May 2016, 6:30am (Repeat) abc news24
  • Sunday 1 May 2016, 7:30pm (Repeat) abc news24
  • Monday 2 May 2016, 5:00am (Repeat) abc news24
  • Sunday 1 May 2016, 10:32am (Repeat) abc 1
Fatima Killeen in her studio filming for the ABC Australia Wide program

Fatima in her studio filming for the ABC Australia Wide program in April 2016

 

 

 

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ABC Radio – Islamic Fusion


I talked about the new Islamic Museum of Australia in my previous post – here is a link to an audio clip of the  ABC Radio program The Spirit of Things with Dr Rachael Kohn. In the program Rachael talks about the museum with curator Nur Shkembi.

Listen to ABC Radio – Islamic Fusion

Islamic Museum of Australia

Islamic Museum of Australia

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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.

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

 

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