BIOGRAPHY

Rushdi Anwar is a Melbourne-based artist originally from Kurdistan. He is working between Australia and Thailand now. His installation, sculpture, painting, photo-painting, and video work often reflect on the socio-political issues of Kurdistan, Iraq and The Middle East. Which exploring these issues through an investigation of form, material vocabulary and processes of making. His works reference the social and political unrest that extend to generate discourse about the status of social equity. His work also have a broader message and talk to us of care, attention and even redemption through art.

He was educated in Kurdistan and Australia studying at the Institute of Kirkuk- Kurdistan, Enmore Design Centre / Sydney Institute- Sydney. He holds a Master of Fine Art (MFA) 2010 and a Doctorate of Philosophy Art (PhD) 2016, in the School of Art in RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

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

Exhibitions include: Project 'Intercambio': the 13th Havana Biennial 2018, Cuba [UPCOMING]. 'Temporary Certainty' 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney 2018 [UPCOMING]. 20th JAALA International, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (2017). 'Forever Transformed', Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (2017). Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne Festival 2017. Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (2017 and 2015). MARC Gallery, Melbourne (2017). SWELL Sculpture Festival, Currumbin QLD (2017). The Artist Project: Contemporary Art Fair, Toronto, Canada (2016). Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia (2014). JAALA, Kawasaki City Museum, Kawasaki, Japan (2014). "3 X 3" Project, the National Gallery Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand (2013). 'Landlock' Exhibition, Casula Powerhouse Art Centre, Sydney, Australia (2013). 'Hanging Issues', Ne Na Contemporary Art Space, Chiang Mai, Thailand (2014). Immigration Museum, Melbourne, Australia (2010).

He has received grants and award from; Australia Council for the Arts (2016), Creative Victoria's VicArts Grants program (2016), The Artist Project: Contemporary Art Fair, Installation Zone Toronto, Canada (2016). Australia-Thailand Institute (ATI) (2012 and 2014), Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) (2012), Australia Council for the Arts (2011), Kurdistan Regional Government through the Ministry of Arts and Culture (2010).

Also residencies from RMUTT University- Thailand (2017), Ne Na Contemporary Art Space, Chiang Mai-Thailand (2012 and 2015) and Casula Powerhouse Art Centre, Sydney (2013). His works are held in collections of the Australian War Memorial Contemporary Collection in Canberra, The Kurdistan Regional Government, The Ministry of Arts and 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 2015), and Australia (2013). He is founder and Coordinator; The Australian Thai Artist Interchange INC (ATAI) Organization Melbourne, Australia.

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