RUSHDI ANWAR is a Melbourne-based artist originally from Kurdistan. His installation, sculptures, painting, photo-painting, and video works often reflect on the socio-political issues of Kurdistan, Iraq and The Middle East. Exploring these issues through an investigation of form conditions, material vocabularies and processes, 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.
He was educated in Kurdistan and Australia studying at the Institute of Kirkuk, 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: The Artist Project: Contemporary Art Fair, Toronto, Canada (2016). “Hanging Issues” and “Irhal (Expel)”, Human Rights Arts & Film Festival, The Atrium Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia (2015).Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia (2014).”4A A4″, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art Sydney, Australia (2014).
19th JAALA International Art Exhibition, 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 / Baan Monfai, Chiang Mai, Thailand (2014). 18th JAALA International Art Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum (2012). Immigration Museum, Melbourne, Australia (2010).
He has been awarded grants 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), and 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) that received widespread media coverage. He is Co- founder and Co-coordinator; The Australian Thai Artist Interchange INC (ATAI) Organization Melbourne, Australia.