April 30, 2018
The word khalas in Arabic has a myriad of definitions including: ‘stop’ ‘finish’, ‘that’s all’, ‘it’s fine’ and ‘enough!’ Khalas is an informal word verbally exchanged between people but not present in formal Arabic literature.
This exhibition unapologetically explores the contemporary Australian Muslim experience in the now, through a series of contemporary works across a number of mediums. From the daily media beat-ups, to outright racist leadership taunts directed at Muslims, this modern day Orientalism relentlessly depicts Islamo-fascist terrorists, creeping Shariah and the fantasy of infantilised Muslim women.
Many Australian Muslims have had enough. Not only have they had enough, but they have decided they are enough. Khalas. This is a diverse exhibition that speaks with candour to the often cited but rarely interrogated social condition of Australian Muslims today.
Abdul Abdullah, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Hoda Afshar, Safdar Ahmed, Khadim Ali, Leila El Rayes, Eugenia Flynn, Karam Hussein, Zeina Iaali, Khaled Sabsabi, Ms Saffaa, Nur Shkembi, Abdullah M.I. Syed and Shireen Taweel
Associate Professor Phillip George and Nur Shkembi