Akil Ahamat is a Sri Lankan Malay artist, filmmaker and arts worker currently based on Ngunnawal land. Akil’s work across video, sound, performance and installation considers the physical and social isolation of online experience and its effects in configuring contemporary subjectivity. Among their research influences, they draw especially on the use of ASMR in online spaces as a self-administered therapeutic tool, translating its restorative effects into intimate audio experiences in the public space of the gallery
Akil has most recently produced online works for 4a Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Parramatta Artist’s Studios and Sydney Review of Books, and exhibited physically at Melbourne’s Living Museum of the West, Monash University Museum of Art, Institute of Modern Art and Artspace. Akil was shortlisted for the NSW Visual Arts Emerging Emerging Fellowship (2020) and was the winner of the John Fries Award, UNSW Galleries, Sydney (2018).