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, NeNa 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       The5th Biennial of Casablanca, Morocco (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 Finalist of 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 exhibition, 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 Exhibition”, 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

GRANTS, RESIDENCY & AWARDS

2018       Project funding grant, Arts projects for individuals and groups grant, the Australia Council for the Arts 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

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

2020       Acquisition, Collection: Australian War Memorial, Contemporary Collection, Canberra, 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, Contemporary Collection, 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.

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

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, May 16, 2015, Australia, Link
2015       Heidelberg Leader, Newspaper, October 13, 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 Jun 2014, Australia, Link
2014       Dsetur, Interview By Zana Mohamad, Kurdistan, No; 71, April 16th
2013       ARTIST PROFILE Magazine, Preview; Rushdi Anwar, Issue 25 November 2013-14, Australia, Link
2013       SBS Radio (Kurdish Program) Australia, Interview, 8 Sep 2013, Australia, Link
2013       Canberra Times, “Memorial collection takes a Kurdish turn” by Sally Pryor, August 23, 2013, Australia, Link
2013       “LANDLOCK”, Exhibition catalogue, Casula Powerhouse Art Centre, Sydney, Australia 
2013       City News, “Chemical massacre transformed into art” by Helen Musa, August 22, 2013, Australia, Link
2013       89.3FM 2GLF Broadcaster, Interview; ‘Landloch Exhibition’, April 3, 2013, Australia, Link
2013       ABC Radio Australia, Interview; ‘Hua Krathi’ brings Thai artists to Melbourne, March 7, 2013, Australia, Link
2012       Melbourne Leader, Interview with SUSAN WINDMILLER “discusses life’s influences”, February 2012, Australia, Link
2012       Melbourne Leader January 2, 2012, Australia, Link
2011       Edeb u Huner, Kurdistani Nwe, Kurdistan, No; 755, November 3th
2011       GALI KURDISTAN TV satellite, (Interview) Art program “barnamai WENA”, October 25th, Link
2011       Edeb u Huner, Kurdistani New, Kurdistan, No; 5543, July 28th
2011       GALI KURDISTAN TV satellite, (Interview) Art program “Aweze”, May 18th
2011       KNN TV satellite, (Interview) Art program “Sako”, May 26th
2011       KURDISTAN TV satellite, (Interview) program “Roj Bash”, May 24th 
2011       Edeb u Huner, Kurdistani Nwe, Kurdistan, No; 5432, March 17th
2011       Neue Zuger Zeitung, Zug – Switzerland, No; 59, March 11th 
2010       KURDSAT TV, (Interview) Art program, December 10th
2010       Survival of a culture: Kurds in Australia, Immigration Museum, Melbourne, September
2009       KURDSAT TV. Documentary Art Program, October 14th
2009       KWRDISTAN RAPORT, Kurdistan, No; 697, September 7th
2009       KURDSAT 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, March 10th 
2005       KWRDISTANY NWE, Kurdistan, No; 3714, April 2nd
2004       Edeb u Huner, Kurdistan, No: 3389, June 10th
2004       Edeb u Huner, Kurdistan, No: 3383, June 6th
2004       Edeb u Huner, Kurdistan, No: 3371, May 5th
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, March 18th
2003      SBS Radio, Kurdish program, Sydney Australia.
2002      VOA Radio, USA, Kurdish program 2002  AL ITTIHAD, Kurdistan, No: 492, September 27th
2002      X KULTURAL ART Magazine, Sydney, Australia, Volume: 2- issue: 14 May
1997      Alay Azady, Kurdistan, issue 226, March 10th
1997      AL ITTIHAD, Kurdistan, No: 206, February 22nd
1996      PUK TV, Kurdistan, Art program