Date(s) - 03/10/2017 - 24/11/2017
The Invisible features new and recent work by artists Khadim Ali, Elyas Alavi, Avan Anwar, Rushdi Anwar and Abdul Karim Hekmat, who all draw on their own refugee backgrounds to create evocative and powerful works in painting, video, sculpture, installation and photography. The exhibition explores the effects of displacement, dispossession, migration, vilification, trauma and memory.
‘Refugees are blemished figures in Australia, which has become a global pattern now,’ says exhibition curator and artist Abdul Karim Hekmat. ‘Art is a powerful way to emphasise our humanity and commonality and create a humanising space for others to connect. We refugees after all are not so different.”
The artists transform both personal and collective experience to make visible the daily lives and struggles of people who are displaced by IS in the Middle East. Rushdi Anwar returned to his homeland of Kurdistan to spend four months in Iraqi refugee camps where 1.5 million people live in uncertainty. Working with local artisans and school-aged children he produced a unique recreation of a standard issue UNHCR family tent, giving insight into the daily life and experiences of those in the camps.
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