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Poetic Resistance

Abdullah M. I. Syed

Portrait of ABDULLAH M. I. SYED. Photoby Jessica Maurer. Courtesy the artist andArtspace Sydney.

When I spoke to Pakistani-Australian artist Abdullah M. I. Syed in February, he had just finished two weeks of hotel quarantine in Sydney, having returned to Australia after nine months in Karachi. His mother, Azra Waseem, passed away in late 2019 and as the family gathered in Karachi before and after her death, Pakistan ceased all international flights due to Covid-19. Syed’s extended time in his family home was spent sorting through his mother’s…

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