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RUSHDI ANWAR
Born in Halabja, Kurdistan, lives and works in between Melbourne, Australia and Chiang Mai, Thailand.

EDUCATION
2016 __ Doctor of Philosophy (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,Australia
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 - MCA, Sydney, Australia
2018 __ Keynote Performance: "What’s Left Behind", Art & Artists: Public Galleries Summit 2018, Carriageworks, Sydney, Australia
2017 __ "The Invisible" Project Exhibition, UTS ART Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2015 __ "Wrapped in Culture”, Collaboration Project Exhibition, NeNa Contemporary Art Space/Baan Monfai Culture Centre, 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
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, "LA CONSTRUCCIÓN DE LO POSIBLE", 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 (AGNSW), Sydney, Australia
2019 __ "52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS", Artspace, Sydney, Australia
2019 __ "Road Through Kurdistan", P21 Gallery, London, UK
2019 __ "No Colour; Short Meditations in Black", CHAUFFEUR Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2019 __ "Transition", LIGHTSCAPES / Rodda Lane ,RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
2019 __ "1st International Fine Arts Exchange Exhibition", Da Nang Fine Arts Museum , Da Nang, Vietnam
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 __ The 12th Gwangju Biennale: "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 Years 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, PohChang 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 CrossThe 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" 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 __ "Place" RMIT School of Art Galler, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
2010 __ ANL Maritime Art Prize, 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
2000 __ Town Hall Parramatta, Sydney, Australia
1999 __ Town Hall Parramatta, Sydney, Australia
1996 __ Gallery of Meads Youth Center, Sulaimani, Kurdistan
1996 __ ANFAL poster show, Kerkuk Cultural Hall, Kurdistan
1996 __ HALABJA Festival, Kurdistan
1995 __ Arbela Gallery , Hawller, Kurdistan
1995 __ Zamwa Gallery, Sulaimani, Kurdistan
1995 __ Fine Arts Cultural Festival, Cultural hall, Sulaimani, Kurdistan
1995 __ Galileo Poster, Cultural hall, Sulaimani, Kurdistan
1994 __ Fine Arts Cultural Festival, Cultural hall, Sulaimani, Kurdistan
1994 __ Fine Arts and Drama Festival, Medya Hall, Hawller, Kurdistan
1994 __ Slemani Youth Exhibition, Graz town hall, Graz, Austria
1994 __ Surkyw Hall, Sulaimani, Kurdistan
1994 __ Halabja and Korew, Museum Hall, Sulaimani, Kurdistan
1994 __ HALABJA Festival, Hallabja, Kurdistan
1994 __ Krlepwr, Surkyw Hall, Sulaimani, Kurdistan
1993 __ HALABJA Festival, Hallabja, Kurdistan
1992 __ Gallery of Kerkwk Technology Institute, Kerkwk, Kurdistan

COLLECTIONS
2020 __ ART GALLERY OF NSW (AGNSW), Public Collection, Sydney, Australia
2020 __ Australian War Memorial, National Collection, Canberra, Australia
2020 __ The Gene and Brian Sherman Collection, Sydney, Australia
2019 __ Da Nang Fine Arts Museum, Public Collection, Da Nang, Vietnam
2013 __ Australian War Memorial, National Collection, Canberra, Australia
2013 __ Faculty of Fine Art and Applied Arts, Burapha University, Chonburi, Thailand
2010 __ The Kurdistan Regional Government, The Ministry of Arts & Culture, Sulaimani, Kurdistan
AND ___ Privit 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), Pathumthani, 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 VicArts 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

2015 WRAPPED IN CULTURE PROJECT
Community art project and exhibition
Collaboration and 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
Co-organized by: Rushdi Anwar, Melanie Jayne
Curated by: Rushdi Anwar, Melanie Jayne Taylor, Shukit Panmongkol
14 Thai Artists
Locations:
-RMIT University School of Art Gallery
-Screen Space
-A pop up Gallery, Federation Square
-Public Program, the Edge Federation Square

MATTER AND SPACE
February 2012
Curated by: Rushdi Anwar
15 International Artists
Ne Na Contemporary Art Space
Monfai Cultural Centre / Living Museum
Chiang Mai – Thailand

UNTITLED, 2011
Curated by: Rushdi Anwar
13 International Artists
Sardam Gallery
Slemani, Kurdistan

PUBLICATIONS and MEDIA
2019__Beers, Kurt. “100 Sculptors of Tomorrow”. Farnborough: Thames & Hudson Ltd, 2019.
2019__"52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS", , Thames & Hudson Australia
2019__"The National 2019: New Australian Art", Exhibition catalogue, Sydney, Australia
2018__The 21st Biennale of Sydney, "Superposition : equilibrium & engagement"; Exhibition catalogue, Australia
2018__The 12th Gwangju Biennale, "Imagined Borders"; Exhibition catalogue, Gwangju, Republic of Korea.
2017__Garland magazine, “Hanging issues: Collaboration between photography and Lana paper making”, Issue 6: Village Nation-@Thailand, Link
2016__journal: Anthropology of the Middle East, “Hope and Sorrow of Displacement”, by Mediya Rangi, Vol. 10, No. 2, winter 2016 Link
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 Nwe, 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__KURDISTA 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, 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, Sydeny, 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