Lida Abdul: The Unqui­et World

Aus­tralian Cen­tre for Con­tem­po­rary Art

This pub­li­ca­tion con­tains stills from Lida Abdul’s mov­ing image work The White House. In this work Abdul coats the uneven and uninvit­ing sur­faces of a home, which has been reduced to rub­ble, in white paint. This absur­dist act is rem­i­nis­cent of polit­i­cal resis­tance, yet is also rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the psy­cho­log­i­cal dam­age inflict­ed on Afghans after the Amer­i­can inva­sion. Notions of home­land and exile are dis­cussed with­in this work and add a deeply per­son­al qual­i­ty to Abdul’s work.