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Let’s Pull Things Apart Together


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Karima Baadilla is a visual artist in Footscray Community Arts Centre’s RESIDENCE program, providing artists with space to experiment and invest in their creative practice. This exhibition is a culmination of Karima’s work, developed at FCAC. Learn more about the artist’s time in RESIDENCE, here.

Let’s Pull Things Apart Together is artist Karima Baadilla’s first solo exhibition. Her creative practice is informed by her personal quest to find her place in the world as a migrant settler in Australia, by exploring the emotional and psychological aspects of a person’s life.

In her work, Karima paints on top of old paintings in an attempt to create new spaces in existing ones. The aim is not to erase the past, but to add new perspectives and dimensions. The act of choosing to de-frame, re-paint, re-frame and then re-define an existing painting is to demand space where there is none. It adds layers of time, space, place and history instead of creating a wholly separate figurative world – rejecting the notion of ‘othering’.

WHEN: 11 August – 24 October
WHERE: FCAC – Entrance Gallery
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Friday: 9.30am – 5:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am – 4pm
COST: Free

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Karima Baadilla ​leads her own​ independent studio​ as a painter, and maker in the west of Melbourne suburb of Footscray. Baadilla’s painting practice explores the emotional & psychological aspects of a person’s life, and is informed by her own personal quest to find her place in the world as a migrant settler in Australia.

Baadilla’s work has been selected as finalists in numerous painting prizes including the prestigious Bayside Acquisitive 2020 prize, and most recently the Heysen Landscape Prize 2020. Karima is a co-director of ​The Artists Guild​ – a social enterprise with a focus of championing women in the Arts – and the founder of ​Open Close Gallery​ , a moveable and nomadic gallery.

1 – Karima Baadilla, Gallivanting, 2020. Image supplied by artist. 

Date & Times


11 August – 24 October


Footscray Community Arts Centre



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