Nadim Abbas (b. 1980, Hong Kong) is a Hong Kong based installation artist. Abbas received his BFA from London’s Chelsea College of Art & Design and MPhil from the University of Hong Kong Department of Comparative Literature. He teaches at the City University Hong Kong School of Creative Media and the Hong Kong Art School/ RMIT University.

Nadim Abbas examines the structural and political properties of images and their precarious relationship with reality. Revolving around the psychological influences of kitsch and cliché, his sculptural installations are immersive environments of ambiguous forms. Frequently incorporating objects from flea markets and dollar shops, casting, animation and photography, ABBAS weaves together extensive research with sophisticated visual manoeuvres to destabilise our perception of space.

Nadim Abbas has exhibited extensively worldwide in many private and public art spaces. Among his recent solo shows there are: Zone (1), The Armory Show 2014, New York, 2014; Satellite of ⁂, CL3 Architects, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2013; Tetraphilia, Third Floor Hermès, Singapore, 2013; Marine Lover – A Hermatypic Romance, Gallery EXIT, ARTHK 11, Hong Kong, 2011.

Nadeem Abbas. Photo by: Roberto Chamorro. Courtesy of
Nadim Abbas
Hong Kong, 1980
Hong Kong

Current Exhibitions

Phantom Plane

Tai Kwun

05 Oct — 04 Jan
2019 is the setting future of the some great sci-fi films from 80s, such as Blade Runner and Akira. Living in 2019, we can see some of the cyberpunk fictions in those sci-fi films have become a reality: natural bodies merged with devices; society beholden...

Past Exhibitions

Nadim Abbas: Poor Toy

11/06/2019 — 25/08/2019

The Bed Collection

C&G Artpartment
10/03/2017 — 07/05/2017

Nadim Abbas: Camoufleur

Vitrine, London
01/03/2017 — 15/04/2017

Nadim Abbas: Chimera

Antenna Space
09/11/2016 — 10/01/2017

Nadim Abbas: New Directions

UCCA Center of Contemporary Art
19/08/2016 — 23/10/2016

Solo Shows

Camoufleur, Vitrine, London, UK

‘The Last Vehicle’, UCCA, Beijing
‘#4’, Holy Motors, HK
‘Zone I’, The Armory Show, Armory Focus: China, New York

Satellite of ⁂, CL3 Architects, HK Arts Centre, Hong Kong
Tetraphilia, Third Floor Hermés, Singapore

Marine Lover, ARTHK11 Special Projects

Cataract, Experimenta & Gallery Exit, Hong Kong

Group Shows

‘Only the Lonely’, inCube Arts, New York

‘China 8: Views of China’, NRW Forum, Düsseldorf
Triennial: Surround Audience’, New Museum, New York

‘Unseen Existence: Dialogues with the Environment in Contemporary Arts’, HK Arts Centre, HK
‘Going, going, until I meet the tide’, Busan Biennale
‘The Part In The Story Where A Part Becomes A Part Of Something Else’, Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
‘Apocalypse Postponed’, Absolut at Art Basel Hong Kong

Where Narrative Stops, Wilkinson Gallery, London
Moderation(s): A Fictional Residency, Spring Workshop, Hong Kong
The Void of Course Monday, Art Basel in Hong Kong 2013 (contribution to Ho Sin Tung’s project at
Para/Site Art Space booth)
Paper Rain, w/ Arto Lindsay et. al., Art Basel in Hong Kong 2013
Moderation(s): Incidents of Travel

Free Space Fest, West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong
Nadim Abbas & Jon Rafman, ARTHK12 Art Futures / Saamlung booth
Rites, thoughts, notes, sparks, swings, strikes. A hong kong spring, Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong
Running on the Sidelines, SOKA Art Centre, Taipei
No Longer Human, Osage Kwun Tong, Hong Kong

Forgotten Places, OV Gallery, Shanghai
6000, C&G Artpartment, Hong Kong
Writing Off the Wall, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Love the Future, Art Island East, Hong Kong
Recycling Love, The Blue Room, Hong Kong
Picnic, C&G Artpartment, Hong Kong
Hong Kong CatWalk, ArtWalk Extra, Hong Kong
The Border Show, The Whitehead Club, Hong Kong

Dyaporama No.2 – Behind the Path of Madness, Li-Po, Shibuya, Tokyo
L.I.F.E., K11, Hong Kong
Dubble Happiness: A Story of Siamese Cities, Studio Double Happiness, Hong Kong
The Superb Meaningless Invention Exhibition, G16 Arts & Books, Hong Kong
FAX, Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Hong Kong Country of birth: Hong Kong Date of birth: 1980 Lives in: Hong Kong
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