About the Artwork
Conceived during his recent residency at Salzburger Kunstverein in Salzburg, Austria, Mute is part of the artist’s series of mixed media assemblages, Acquaintances at the Bank, which saw the continuation of the artist’s interest with intimate spaces. The formation of the assemblages took visual cues premised on recollections of intimate exchanges along the Salzach riverbank, a popular landmark providing enchanting views of the city, bird-watching spots and is also synonymous with the Love Locks Bridge. In this series, the works feature a gathering of found material and readymades that provides a provenance of intimacy, speaking to the affectionate annexing of feelings, sights, and reminiscences of his time at Salzburg.

About the Artist
Khairullah Rahim (b. 1987, Singapore) graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) from LASALLE College of the Arts, in partnership with Goldsmiths, College of London in 2013. He is a multimedia artist working across painting, assemblage, video and photography. His practice is concerned with the stories and experiences of marginalised communities whose identities do not subscribe within societal normativity. Incorporating everyday and found objects from spaces in which these specific communities inhabit, his works allude to the veiled and lived experiences of his varied subjects. Khairullah’s works have been showcased in numerous exhibitions abroad, such as in Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Turkey and USA. In 2019, he participated in the Singapore Biennale: Every Step in the Right Direction. Khairullah was the winner of the 2017 IMPART Awards for Visual Art, one of the biggest art awards in Singapore, and in 2018 was commissioned to make site–specific works for Facebook’s APAC Headquarters Office, under their AIR Programme.

Artist-in-residencies include Salzburger Kunstverein, KulturKontakt, Salzburg, Austria(2018); Hubei Institute of Fine Arts, Hubei, China (2018); Taipei Artist Village, Taiwan (2017); and YOUKOBO Art Residency Programme, Tokyo, Japan (2013). His works are collected by the Singapore Art Museum and SUNPRIDE Foundation.

Khairullah is represented by Yavuz Gallery.

Artwork and profile images courtesy of the Artist and Yavuz Gallery
Artist name
Khairullah Rahim
Acrylic on wood, handrail, paracord, stainless steel cleat, screw
48 x 70 x 6.5 cm

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