Don’t call me Aussie: Combating Prejudice With Art

Abdul Abdullah

TEDxYouth@Sydney 2015 · 21 May 2015

In this talk, Abdul Abdullah speaks about personal experiences growing up as a Muslim in Australia, and how he feels his identity has been politicised. He talks about how the events of 9/11 and the War of Terror effected his family and his understanding and relationship with the world. These experiences influenced how he makes art and how he uses his practice as a vehicle for effecting positive change. Domestically Abdul feels a move towards jingoism has given rise to events like the Cronulla riots, the Reclaim Australia movement and a general anti-Islam sentiment. These divisive attitudes and actions act as obstacles to any real sense of belonging or commonality, leaving segments of the community marginalised and disaffected.

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