Dr. Abdullah M. I. Syed is an artist, designer, and scholar working between Sydney, Karachi, and New York. Syed was awarded his PhD in Art Media and Design by the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia in 2015. His dissertation, titled ‘The Art of Barzakh: The Poses, Props and Performances of Masculinity in Pakistani Art’, was derived from vernacular and esoteric sources. He coined the descriptor Art of Barzakh – (Barzakh’s literal translation, ‘a veil or partition between two things’) – a liminal zone between Islamic tradition and contemporary innovation where despotic identities reside, conceptualise, and operate from. Syed has exhibited and performed widely, and has curated exhibitions in Pakistan, Australia, and the US for which he has contributed catalogue essays – notably a survey exhibition of drawings by Michael Esson (2010), a survey exhibition of prints by Michael Kempson (2010, co-authored with Roohi Ahmed), Remarking | Remaking: The Australian Drawing Connections (2012), Aboriginal Dreams (2010), Semblance of Order (2013), and Drawn to Form: The Matter in Hand (2015). Syed has also contributed reviews and research articles to Imprint Australia, Southerly journal and TAASA Review. More recently, Syed is conducting and publishing an artist interview series for exhibition catalogues and monographs, notably Adeel-uz-Zafar’s Monomania (2015), Ben Rak’s Images of Scratchers (2017), and Roohi Ahmed’s The Distance Between Two Points (2018).