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Nadim Abbas

Chinese, b. 1980

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Nadim Abbas

Chinese, b. 1980

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Drawing inspiration from literature, science, and psychology, Nadim Abbas produces heavily researched installations, sculptural works, and photography. With fetishistic fervor toward his subject, Abbas scours flea markets and cheap stores for objects to incorporate into his art or to serve as cues for research—past works have explored the aesthetics of science, coral reefs, and the psychology of kitsch, and included objects such as toy action figures, mirrors, frames, tanks, and windows. “I am one of those people who like to read instruction manuals from cover to cover,” Abbas has said. Fascinated with coral reefs and interested in popular reproductions of nature, Abbas produced an installation piece, Marine Lover (2011), which comprised an 18-meter corridor, along which the artist constructed an artificial bleached reef. “Conceptually, it’s like a cross between an object and a living thing,” he said.

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Biography

Drawing inspiration from literature, science, and psychology, Nadim Abbas produces heavily researched installations, sculptural works, and photography. With fetishistic fervor toward his subject, Abbas scours flea markets and cheap stores for objects to incorporate into his art or to serve as cues for research—past works have explored the aesthetics of science, coral reefs, and the psychology of kitsch, and included objects such as toy action figures, mirrors, frames, tanks, and windows. “I am one of those people who like to read instruction manuals from cover to cover,” Abbas has said. Fascinated with coral reefs and interested in popular reproductions of nature, Abbas produced an installation piece, Marine Lover (2011), which comprised an 18-meter corridor, along which the artist constructed an artificial bleached reef. “Conceptually, it’s like a cross between an object and a living thing,” he said.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
UCCA
Group
Group show at a major institution
New Museum, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
LEAP
Fair
Included in a major biennial
New Museum Triennial
Articles Featuring Nadim Abbas
Apocalypse Postponed: Teaser of Nadim Abbas Art Bar Installation at Art Basel in Hong Kong
May 9th, 2014
Apocalypse Postponed: Teaser of Nadim Abbas Art Bar Installation at Art Basel in Hong Kong
Philip Tinari Presents China’s Next Generation of Artists
Feb 28th, 2014
Philip Tinari Presents China’s Next Generation of Artists
Hong Kong via Asia Art Archive’s Chantal Wong
May 25th, 2013
Hong Kong via Asia Art Archive’s Chantal Wong
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