RUSHDI ANWAR

ABOUT

Rushdi Anwar lives between Melbourne (Australia) and Chiang Mai (Thailand). Originally from Halabja, Kurdistan (Kurdistan-Iraq), his work often reflects on the socio-political issues of Kurdistan and The Middle East. Drawing on his personal experiences and memories as a refugee, he poetically reflects on contemporary issues of displacement, identity, conflict and trauma endured under colonial and ideological regimes. Based on his background as a Kurd, who has lived through the recent violence of this region. His works reference both current and historical geopolitical unrest that extends and generates discourse concerning the status of social equity—exploring these issues by investigating form, material, and their making processes. 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.
He currently works as Senior Lecturer, Painting Division, Department of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University, Thailand.

EDUCATION

2016 – Doctor of Philosophy Art (PhD), RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
2010 – Master of Fine Art – MFA, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
2006 – Diploma of Graphic Design, Enmore Design Centre, Sydney Institute- Sydney, Australia
1992 – Diploma of Civil Engineering and Draftsmanship, Institute of Kirkuk, Kirkuk, Kurdistan

SOLO EXHIBITION

2019 – ‘We have found in the ashes what we have lost in the fire’, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2018 – ‘The Patterns of Displacement’, Incinerator Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2017 – ‘The Notion of Place and Displacement’, MARC Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2017 – ‘Reframe “Home” with Patterns of Displacement’, 2017 Human Rights Arts & Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia
2017 – ‘The Patterns of Displacement in Context of Home’, Emerge in Yarra Festival 2017, Multicultural Arts Victoria, AUS
2016 – ‘Materiality and Form’, RMIT School of Art Gallery, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
2015 – ‘Hanging Issues’, 2015 Human Rights Arts & Film Festival, The Atrium Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia
2015 – ‘Irhal (Expel)’; 2015 Human Rights Arts & Film Festival, No Vacancy Project Space Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2013 – ‘Landlock’ Exhibition, Casula Powerhouse Art Centre, Sydney, Australia
2012 – ‘Hanging Issues’, Ne Na Contemporary Art Space / Baan Monfai, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2011 – ‘Poetic reading for material transformation’, Counihan Gallery in Brunswick, Melbourne, Australia
2011 – ‘Aesthetics of change’, Schrinerhalle Gallery, Zug, Switzerland
2010 – ‘Narrative of change through materials’, First Site Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2008 – Pollock Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2004 – ASPIC-Le Menilmuche, Paris, France
2004 – Slemani Museum Gallery, Sulaimani, Kurdistan
2003 – ‘Searching for Home In the Face of Exile’, TAP Gallery, Sydney, Australia
1997 – Gallery of Meads Youth Center, Sulaimani, Kurdistan
1996 – Museum Hall, Sulaimani, Kurdistan
1990 – Gallery of Kerkwk Technology Institute, Kerkwk, Kurdistan
1989 – Museum Hall, Sulaimani, Kurdistan

COLLABORATIONS EXHIBITIONS

2018 – Project: ‘What’s Left Behind’, the 21st Biennale of Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, AUS
2018 – Keynote Performance: ‘What’s Left Behind’, Art & Artists: Public Galleries Summit 2018, Carriageworks, Sydney, AUS
2017 – ‘The Invisible’ Project Exhibition, UTS ART Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2015 – ‘Wrapped in Culture’, Collaboration Project, Ne Na Contemporary Art Space/Baan Monfai, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2014 – ‘The After State’, Collaboration Project Exhibition, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2014 – ‘Material Perception’ (Part 2), First Site Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2014 – ‘Material Perception’ (Part 1), D11 Artist-Led Exhibition Space, Melbourne, Australia

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2022 – The 5th Biennial of Casablanca, Morocco (UPCOMING)
2022 – ‘Art in Conflict’, touring exhibition of the collection of the Australian War Memorial, Shepparton Art Museum, Australia (UPCOMING)
2022 – The 67th Blake Prize, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia (UPCOMING)
2021 – ‘The Tides of the Century’, The Ocean Flower Island Museum, Danzhou, Hainan Province, China
2021 – BARCELONA CONTEMPORARY 2021 / 2nd edition”, Valid World Hall Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
2021 – ‘In The Beginning’, Ed Cross Fine Art, London, UK
2020 – The 2nd Bangkok Art Biennale 2020: ‘Escape Routes’, Bangkok, Thailand
2020 – The Sovereign Asian Art Prize, Hong Kong
2020 – ‘The New (ab)Normal’, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2020 – RMUTT International Art Workshop, Rajamangala University Lanna, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2020 – 15th International Visual Arts and Workshop Exhibition, PohChang Academy of Arts, Bangkok, Thailand
2019 – 13th Havana Biennial 2019, Project: “Intercambio”, The Casa de Asia Museum, Havana, Cuba
2019 – ‘The National 2019: New Australian Art’, the Second of Three Biennial Surveys, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, Australia
2019 – ’52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS’, Artspace, Sydney, Australia
2019 – ‘Road Through Kurdistan, P21 Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2019 – ‘1st International Fine Arts Exchange Exhibition’, Da Nang Fine Arts Museum, Da Nang, Vietnam
2019 – ‘Transition’, LIGHTSCAPES / Rodda Lane, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
2019 – ‘Elementary Complexity’, CMU Art Center, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2019 – ‘These Words’, KINGS Artist-Run, Melbourne, Australia
2019 – ‘SO: Collaborative Project’, CMU Art Center, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2018 – 12th Gwangju Biennale 2018: ‘Imagined Borders’, Gwangju, Republic of KOREA
2018 – ‘Temporary Certainty’, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, Australia
2018 – ARTBAR November 2018, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia – MCA, Sydney, Australia
2018 – 10th Anniversary, Seascape Gallery, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2018 – Project: ‘What’s Left Behind’, the 21st Biennale of Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia – MCA, Sydney, Australia
2018 – ‘Hyphenated’, The Substations Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2018 – ‘The Trace’, Wellington St Projects, Sydney, Australia
2018 – ‘In-ConTEXT’, Hatch Contemporary Arts Space, Melbourne, Australia
2018 – ’50 MINUTES …Video Art’: A Group Show of 8 Kurdish Artists, Citadel Cultural Centre, Erbil, Kurdistan
2018 – ‘Cultural Crossroads’, Aurora Picture Show, Houston, TX, USA
2018 – RMUTL International Art Workshop, Rajamangala University Lanna, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2018 – 13th International Visual Arts and Workshop Exhibition, Poh Chang Academy of Arts, Bangkok, Thailand
2017 – ‘OCTOPUS 17: Forever Transformed’, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia
2017 – Melbourne Festival ‘An unorthodox flow of images’, Centre for Contemporary Photography – CCP, Melbourne, Australia
2017 – ‘The Invisible’ Project Exhibition, UTS ART Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2017 – ‘ MoreArt 2017: Where Have We Come To?’, Brunswick Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia
2017 – William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize 2017, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, Australia
2017 – Darebin Art Prize 2017, Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Melbourne, Australia
2017 – SWELL Sculpture Festival, Currumbin, Queensland, Australia
2017 – JAALA Biennale, Tokyo Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2017 – 12th International Arts and Workshop Exhibition, Rajamangala University, Pathum Thani, Thailand
2017 – 12th International Visual Arts and Workshop Exhibition, PohChang Academy of Arts, Bangkok, Thailand
2017 – Let’s cross the Sea’, BlackCat Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2017 – ‘BOO’, Blindside Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2016 – The Installation Zone, The Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair 2016, Toronto, Canada
2016 – Pinpoint-Banyule Contemporary Art Fair, Hatch Contemporary Arts Space, Melbourne, Australia
2016 – ‘Play2’ Blindside Projects, Satellite Projects, Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia
2016 – 20th JAALA International Art Exhibition, Kawasaki, Japan
2015 – Darebin Art Prize 2015, Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Melbourne, Australia
2015 – ‘Art For Social Change’, 2015 Incinerator Art Award, Incinerator Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2015 – In Space’, The 2015 Banyule Award for Works on Paper, Hatch Contemporary Arts Space, Melbourne, Australia
2015 – ‘Lost in Translocation’, Project Space Spare Room, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
2014 – ‘Moreland Summer Show 2014’, Counihan Gallery in Brunswick, Melbourne, Australia
2014 – ‘4A A4’, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, Australia
2014 – 19th JAALA International Art Exhibition, Kawasaki City Museum, Kawasaki, Japan
2014 – 3rd International Emerging Artist Award (IEAA), Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2014 – ‘Superfictions 1: The Art Fair Murders’, Kings Artist-Run Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2014 – ‘WHITE NIGHT MELBOURNE FESTIVAL’, RMIT School of Art, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
2014 – Australian War Memorial, Gallery: Permanent Display, Canberra, Australia
2014 – ‘Chaos; Yesterday and today’, Dark Horse Experiment Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2013 – Burapha Arts Exhibition Connect: Expand and ‘3 X 3’ Project, The National Gallery Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand
2013 – ‘Landlock’ Exhibition, Casula Powerhouse Art Centre, Sydney, Australia
2013 – ANL Maritime Art Prize, The Mission to Seafarers, Melbourne, Australia
2012 – 18th JAALA International Art Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2012 – Future Visions at the Australia festival, Divonne-les Bains, Grilly, France
2012 – ‘Matter and Space’, Ne Na Contemporary Art Space / Baan Monfai, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2011 – ‘When the Image Takes Form’, Mølla Kulturhus på Grim, Norway
2011 – ‘Untitled’, Sardam Gallery, Sulaimani, Kurdistan
2010 – Siemens – RMIT Fine Art Scholarship Awards, RMIT Galler, Melbourne, Australia
2010 – 17th JAALA International Art Exhibition, Kawasaki City Museum, Kawasaki, Japan
2010 – Survival of a culture: Kurds in Australia”, Immigration Museum, Melbourne, Australia
2010 – Master of Fine Art, Graduate Show, The Gossard Building, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
2010 – RMIT School of Art Gallery, “Place”, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
2010 – ANL Maritime Art Prize & Exhibition, The Mission to Seafarers, Melbourne, Australia
2010 – Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, ‘Is What Is’, Melbourne, Australia
2010 – Melbourne Fringe Festival, Brunswick Art Space, “Marking Time”, Melbourne, Australia
2010 – Darebin Art Show, Homestead Art Centre, Melbourne, Australia
2010 – Collingwood Gallery, ‘From The Jungle To The Desert …’, Melbourne, Australia
2009 – Space Gallery, ‘POST ‘, Melbourne, Australia
2009 – NG Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2009 – Trocadero Art Space, Melbourne, Australia
2009 – Pollock Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2009 – Pigment Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2008 – 16th JAALA International Art Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2008 – The Australian Centre, The University of Melbourne, Australia
2008 – Pollock Gallery, Melbourne- Australia
2008 – New Art Works Gallery, Canberra- Australia
2007 – 6th Lessedra international mini print, Lessedra Gallery & Contemporary Art Projects, Sofia, Bulgaria
2007 – Pollock Gallery, Melbourne- Australia
2007 – Art 4 Aid, Victoria Art Society Gallery, Melbourne- Australia
2007 – Postcard Show, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne, Australia
2006 – TAH Exhibition, Sydney Antique Centre Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2005 – New Faces-New Works, Pollock Gallery, Melbourne- Australia
2004 – 14th JAALA International Art Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2004 – Scarborough civic centre &art Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2004 – The White man, Slemani Museum Gallery, Sulaimani, Kurdistan
2003 – Nude Exhibition, TAP Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2002 – International Faces Festival, Billas- Finland
2002 – Contemporary Kurdish Art, Synergy Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2002 – TAP Gallery, Freedom Show, Sydney, Australia
2002 – Australian Kurdish Cultural Center, Sydney, Australia
02-00 – Six exhibitions, Lavender Bay Gallery, Sydney, Australia

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

2020 – Acquisition, Collection: Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia
2020 – The Gene and Brian Sherman Collection, Sydney, Australia
2019 – Acquisition, Collection: ART GALLERY OF NSW, AUS
2019 – Da Nang Fine Arts Museum, public Collection, Da Nang, Vietnam
2013 – Acquisition, Collection: Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia
2013 – Faculty of Fine Art and Applied Arts, Burapha University, Chonburi, Thailand
2010 – Acquisition, Collection: The Kurdistan Regional Government, the Ministry of Arts & Culture, Sulaimani, Kurdistan
AND – Private Collections, Kurdistan and Australia.

GRANTS, RESIDENCY & AWARDS

2020 – Project funding grant, Arts projects for individuals and groups grant, the Australia Council for the Arts
2020 – The Finalist of The Sovereign Asian Art Prize, Hong Kong.
2018 – Project funding grant, Arts projects for individuals and groups grant, the Australia Council for the Arts
2017 – Art Residency Program, Project Time- Artist in Residence, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2017 – Art Residency Program, Rajamangala University of Technology (RMUTT), Pathum Thani, Thailand
2016 – Project funding grant, Arts projects for individuals and groups grant, the Australia Council for the Arts
2016 – Project funding grant, Creative Victoria’s Vic Arts Grants program
2016 – Award A Space In The Installation Zone, The Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair 2016, Toronto, Canada
2015 – Finalist, Incinerator Art Award, Incinerator Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2015 – Finalist, The 2015 Banyule Award for Works on Paper, Hatch Contemporary Arts Space, Melbourne, Australia
2015 – Finalist, Darebin Art Prize, Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Melbourne, Australia
2015 – Art Residency, Ne’ Na Contemporary Art Space/ Baan Monfai Culture Centre, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2014 – Project funding grant, Artist In Residency Program 2014-15, The Australia-Thailand Institute, Australian Government
2014 – Golden 15 Finalists, 3rd International Emerging Artist Award (IEAA), Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2013 – Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), RMIT University, Melbourne, Australian Government
2013 – Art Residency, Casula Powerhouse Art Centre, Sydney, Australia
2012 – Project funding grant, The Australia-Thailand Institute, Department of Foreign Affairs, Australian
2012 – Project funding grant, Victorian Multicultural Commission, Melbourne
2012 – Project funding grant, RMIT Link Arts; Culture, Melbourne
2012 – Art Residency, Ne’ Na Contemporary Art Space, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2011 – ArtStart grant, the Australia Council for the Arts
2011 – Project funding grant, The Ministry of Arts and Culture, Kurdistan Regional Government
2011 – Vice Chancellor’s List Award for Masters in Fine Art, RMIT University, Melbourne
2010 – Siemens Awards Finalist, Fine Art Scholarship Awards, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne
2010 – Finalist, ANL, Maritime Art Award, Melbourne
2010 – Project funding grant, RMIT Link Arts and Culture, Melbourne
2009 – MFA Award, Master of Fine Art, School of Art, RMIT University, Melbourne
2007 – Highly Recommended, Art 4 Aid, Melbourne

CURATORIAL PRACTICE

WRAPPED IN CULTURE PROJECT, 2015; Community art project and exhibition Collaboration

Curated by: Rushdi Anwar and Melanie Jayne Taylor
Recipients of Australia-Thailand Institute’s- Artist-in-Residency Program 2014-2015

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Government
Ne Na Contemporary Art Space/ Monfai Cultural Centre
Chiang Mai – Thailand

THE HUA KRATHI PROJECT
7 – 23 March 2013
Curated by: Rushdi Anwar, Melanie Jayne Taylor, Shukit Panmongkol
Co-organized by: Rushdi Anwar, Melanie Jayne
Locations:
1- RMIT University School of Art Gallery
2- Screen Space
3- A pop-up Gallery, Federation Square
4- Public Program, the Edge Federation Square

MATTER AND SPACE, 2012
Curated by: Rushdi Anwar
Ne Na Contemporary Art Space
Monfai Cultural Centre / Living Museum, Chiang Mai – Thailand
UNTITLED, 2011
Curated by: Rushdi Anwar
Sardam Gallery, Slemani, Kurdistan

PUBLICATIONS and MEDIA

2020 – SBS Radio Broadcast (Kurdish Program) Australia, Interview, Feb 2021, Australia
2019 – Beers, Kurt. ‘100 Sculptors of Tomorrow’. Farnborough: Thames & Hudson Ltd, 2019.
2019 – Artspace Sydney, ’52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS’, Thames & Hudson Australia, 2019.
2019 – ‘The National 2019: New Australian Art’, Exhibition catalogue, Sydney, Australia
2019 – ‘The Patterns of Displacement’, in ‘Writing + Documents 2017’. Art + Australia Documents Series No. 3, Writing and Concepts, University of Melbourne.
2018 – Biennale of Sydney 2018, Exhibition catalogue, ‘Superposition: Equilibrium & Engagement’, 2018.
2018 – 12th Gwangju Biennale 2018: ‘Imagined Borders’, Exhibition catalogue, 2018
2018 – Lee Weng Choy, ‘On the Intersections of Terror and Performance’ in ‘Di-van: A Journal of Accounts’, No. 5, University of New South Wales, (p130-137)
2018 – SBS Radio (Kurdish Program) Australia, Interview, 30 August 2018, Sydney, Australia.
2017 – Garland magazine, ‘Hanging issues: Collaboration between photography and Lana paper making’, Issue 6: Village Nation-@Thailand
2016 – journal: Anthropology of the Middle East, ‘Hope and Sorrow of Displacement’, by Mediya Rangi, Vol. 10, No. 2.
2015 – Peril Magazine: Featured “The Ashes of War”; by Nikki Lam, Edition 21, August 2015, Australia, Link
2015 – The Saturday Paper, Portrait, ‘Healing wounds’ by Jennifer Down, 16 May, 2015, Australia, Link
2015 – Heidelberg Leader, Newspaper, 13 October 2015, Melbourne, Australia
2015 – ‘Art for Social Change’, Exhibition catalogue, Incinerator Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2015 – ‘In Space’, Exhibition catalogue, Hatch Contemporary Arts Space, Melbourne, Australia
2015 – SBS Radio (Kurdish Program) Australia, Interview, 8 May 2015, Australia, Link
2015 – ‘Lost in Translocation’, Exhibition catalogue, Project Space Spare Room, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
2014 – SBS Radio (Kurdish Program) Australia, Interview, 13 June 2014, Australia, Link
2014 – Dsetur, Interview By Zana Mohamad, Kurdistan, No; 71, 16 April
2013 – ARTIST PROFILE Magazine, Preview; Rushdi Anwar, Issue 25 November 2013-14, Australia, Link
2013 – SBS Radio (Kurdish Program) Australia, Interview, 8 September 2013, Australia, Link
2013 – Canberra Times, “Memorial collection takes a Kurdish turn” by Sally Pryor, 23 August 2013, Australia, Link
2013 – LANDLOCK’, Exhibition catalogue, Casula Powerhouse Art Centre, Sydney, Australia
2013 – City News, ‘Chemical massacre transformed into art’ by Helen Musa, 22 August 2013, Australia, Link
2013 – 89.3FM 2GLF Broadcaster, Interview; ‘Landloch Exhibition’, 3 April 2013, Australia, Link
2013 – ABC Radio Australia, Interview; ‘Hua Krathi’ brings Thai artists to Melbourne, 7 March 2013, Australia, Link
2012 – Melbourne Leader, Interview with SUSAN WINDMILLER “discusses life’s influences”, February 2012, Australia, Link
2012 – Melbourne Leader 2 January 2012, Australia, Link
2011 – ‘Edeb u Huner’, Kurdistani Nwe, Kurdistan, No; 755, November 3th
2011 – Gali Kurdistan TV-Satellite, (Interview) Art program ‘barnamai WENA’, 25 October
2011 – ‘Edeb u Huner’, Kurdistani New, Kurdistan, No; 5543, 28 July
2011 – Gali Kurdistan TV-Satellite, (Interview) Art program ‘Aweze’, 18 May
2011 – KNN TV satellite, (Interview) Art program ‘Sako’, 26 May
2011 – Kurdistan TV-Satellite, (Interview) program ‘Roj Bash’, 24 May
2011 – ‘Edeb u Huner’, Kurdistani Nwe, Kurdistan, No; 5432, March 17th
2011 – Neue Zuger Zeitung, Zug – Switzerland, No; 59, March 11th
2010 – Kurdistan TV, (Interview) Art program, 10 December
2010 – ‘Survival of a culture: Kurds in Australia’, Immigration Museum, Melbourne, September
2009 – Kurdistan TV. Documentary Art Program, 14 October
2009 – KWRDISTAN RAPORT, Kurdistan, No; 697, September 7th
2009 – Kurdistan TV, New Day program, January
2009 – Shewakari Art Magazin, Kurdistan, Issue 25
2008 – AYNDE Magazine, Kurdistan, Issue 79
2006 – HOGU DONGAH, a Korean newspaper, Sydney, No: 3494, 10 March
2005 – KWRDISTANY NWE, Kurdistan, No; 3714, 2 April
2004 – Edeb & Huner, Kurdistan, No: 3389, 10 June
2004 – Edeb & Huner, Kurdistan, No: 3383, 6 June
2004 – Edeb & Huner, Kurdistan, No: 3371, 5 May
2004 – KURDSAT TV, art program, April
2004 – AZADY TV, art Program, April
2004 – KURDISTAN TV, art program, April
2004 – PUK TV, April
2004 – AYNDE Magazine, Kurdistan, Issue 55
2004 – AL FURAT, Sydney, Australia, issue 22, 18 March
2003 – SBS Radio, Kurdish program, Sydney Australia.
2002 – Voice of America Broadcast, USA, Kurdish program 2002  AL ITTIHAD, Kurdistan, No: 492, 27 September
2002 – X KULTURAL ART Magazine, Sydney, Australia, Volume: 2- issue: 14 May
1997 – Alay Azady, Kurdistan, issue 226, 10 March
1997 – AL ITTIHAD, Kurdistan, No: 206, 22 February
1996 – PUK TV, Kurdistan, Art program