ART SG PORTRAITS: KHAIRULLAH RAHIM
”My works have a tendency to appear very extravagant, but I think this kind of visual language, which references again, the language of excess, is very much inspired or borrowed from these lived experiences of people who fall under the working class demographic.”
Artist Khairullah Rahim shows ART SG around his neighbourhood, the town of Boon Lay in Singapore, and explains how he translates its character into his elaborate installations.
Khairullah Rahim (b. 1987, Singapore) is a multimedia artist working across painting, assemblage, video and photography. His practice is concerned with the stories and experiences of marginalised communities whose identities do not subscribe to societal normativity.
Khairullah’s works have been showcased in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Singapore and abroad. In 2019, he was featured in the Singapore Biennale: Every Step in the Right Direction. Khairullah was the winner of the 2017 IMPART Awards for Visual Art, one of the biggest art awards in Singapore. His works are collected by the Singapore Art Museum and SUNPRIDE Foundation.