Rushdi Anwar

Rushdi Anwar is a Melbourne-based artist originally from Kurdistan. Currently he is working between Australia and Thailand. His work often reflects on the socio-political issues of Kurdistan, Iraq and The Middle East. He poetically draws from personal experience and memory concerning contemporary issues displacement, identity, conflicts, trauma and impact of colonialism. Based on his background as a Kurd who has lived through recent violence of the region, his works reference geopolitical unrest both recent and historical, extending to generate discourse about the status of social equity by exploring these issues through an investigation of form, material and processes of making. His installation, sculpture, painting, photography and video practice recalls the everyday plight of socio-political persecution, fundamentally expressing the necessity for care, attention and redemption.