News: Nadim Abbas at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art


As his first solo show in mainland China, Nadim Abbas transforms the Long Gallery into a unmanned field. The Last Vehicle divides the space into two separate but interrelated parts: half alien landscape, half domestic living quarters.
The “vehicle” in question refers to a remote-controlled rover, fitted with a prosthetic eye and wireless transmitter, which relays live footage of the foreign terrain and its solitary inhabitant back to the sedentary view of an armchair explorer. Here, the death of experience is re-enacted through the afterlife of images; multiple hallucinatory frames of reference played out in a perpetual cycle of ruin and regeneration.

Nadim Abbas (b.1980, Hong Kong) constructs complex set pieces that examine the technohistorical properties of images and their precarious relationship to reality. In Abbas’ installations, the psychology of the urban dweller is often translated into a psychodrama where objects exist in an ambiguous relationship with their own image, and bodies succumb to the seduction of space.