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  • Rushdi - Expel


The work of Kurdish artist Rushdi Anwar addresses the transitory nature of life. He manifests an understanding of change through the manipulation and juxtapositions of images and materials including pigment, nails, rust, ash, charcoal, wood, earth, ink, paper, plaster, books, and photographs.

His works reference the social and political unrest in his home country and his Kurdish heritage, but they also have a broader message and talk to us of care, attention and even redemption through art.

As part of the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival in 2015, No Vacancy Project Space, alongside the Atrium space in Federation Square will exhibit two incredible installation works by Rushdi Anwar that seek to explore ideas informed by Anwar’s personal experience;

Originally hailing from Halabja- Kurdistan, a place where a life of anxiousness and turbulence is too well understood, Anwar’s works in this exhibition realise his impressions of the nature of war and its impact on family, feelings of displacement, ‘home’ as seen through the eyes of a refugee.


Rushdi Anwar was born in Halabja- Kurdistan. He was educated in Kurdistan and Australia studying at the Institute of Kirkuk- Kurdistan, Enmore Design Centre / Sydney Institute- Sydney and RMIT University, Melbourne. He holds a Master of Fine Art (MFA) in Fine Arts RMIT University where he is a current candidate of Doctorate of Philosophy Art in the School of Art.

Rushdi Anwar has held solo and group exhibitions widely in Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Finland, France, Japan, Kurdistan, Norway, Switzerland, Thailand, and United Arab Emirates.

He has been awarded grants from Australia Council for the Arts, Australia-Thailand Institute(ATI), Kurdistan Regional Government through the Ministry of Arts & Culture, Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) and residencies from Ne’-Na Contemporary Art Space, Chiang Mai- Thailand and Casula Powerhouse Art Centre, Sydney. His works are held in collections of the Australian War Memorial Contemporary Collection in Canberra, The Kurdistan Regional Government; the Ministry of Arts & Culture, Slemani- Kurdistan and in private collections in Kurdistan and Australia.

Anwar has curated exhibitions for a group of international artists in Kurdistan (2010), Thailand (2012), and Australia (2013) that received widespread media coverage.

He is Co- founder and Co- coordinator; The Australian Thai Artist Interchange INC (ATAI) Organization Melbourne, Australia. And also he is founder and coordinator Auskurd Art Net INC (AAN) Organization Melbourne, Australia.

Title of Exhibition: Irhal (Expel)
Title of work: Irhal (Expel)
Year: 2014
Medium: Burnt chair and black pigment, Installation view

Perpetual City of Melbourne Australian Ethical Super + Investments Australian Centre for the Moving Image