Iftar by Abdul-Rahman Abdullah

PICA is proud to announce the launch of Iftar, the second PICA Edition, a specially commissioned artwork by renowned WA artist Abdul-Rahman Abdullah.

Working primarily in sculpture, Abdullah explores the different ways that memory can inhabit and emerge from familial space. He draws on passages of personal history, articulating formative experiences of individual identity within the broader scope of family.

Iftar refers to the breaking of the fast at sunset during the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan. It represents the most celebratory event of each day, when the whole family comes together to eat something and pray the Maghrib (sunset) prayer. Traditionally, the fast is broken with almonds or dates and a glass of water before the larger evening meal.

Iftar aims to metaphorically explore how a handful of almonds can carry a weight of cultural significance. The traditional almond bowl is cast in a concrete cubic shape that references the Ka’aba (cube) in Mecca, the holiest site in Islam and the direction in which Muslims all over the world face when praying. Embedding the bowl of almonds within the cube creates a tangible relationship between the individual and the shared experiences of the Ummah (global Islamic community).

For more information about how to purchase the PICA Edition please contact us on (08) 9228 6300.




Abdul-Rahman Abdullah

Artwork Details
Iftar, 2017
Concrete, fifteen 23.5 carat gold electroplated almonds
15 x 15 x 15 cm
Edition of 30 + 2 APs
$1,980 (including GST)

Custom Plinth Details
Fabricated from 12mm MDF with 210mm mouldings, with a white semi-gloss enamel painted finish. 90 x 23.6 x 23. 6 cm
$600 each, made to order.

Images: Alessandro Bianchetti