The reportage of crisis and the role of arts practice
Presented as part of the 2018 Human Rights Arts and Film Festival and our April - May exhibitions
Join our specially invited guests, artists Miream Salameh, Mahla Karimian and Sha Sarwari in a panel discussion led by facilitator Kat Clarke. As survivors of displacement and conflict these artists relate their personal experiences and how crises are (or are not) reported in the news and media, and the role and voice of the individual in art practice.
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About the guest speakers:
Miream Salameh (SYR)
Miream Salameh was born in Homs, Syria in 1983. When the Syrian Revolution broke out in 2011, Salameh was persecuted both as a revolutionary and visual artist. Miream, with her friends, founded a magazine called (Justice) in which they documented Assad abuses in the city of Homs. Due to her involvement in anti-government activism, she was forced to leave her homeland after regime forces made threats of rape, arrest and murder against her, looting and destroying most of her artwork. With her three remaining artworks, she fled her homeland to Lebanon in 2012 and came to Australia in 2013 as refugee.
Miream's artwork addresses issues of social justice, freedom and the suffering of the Syrian people, who are being violently oppressed for resisting dictatorship. She studied at the Fine Art Institute in Syria and practiced with the well-known Syrian sculptor, Wael Kasstoun, for seven years. Miream has participated in many exhibitions in Syria and overseas, including four group exhibitions and a solo exhibition (Syrian Story) in Australia. Miream is currently studying Bachelor of Fine Art at VCA.
Mahla Karimian (IRN)
Mahla Karimian is a visual artist born in Tehran-Iran whose emerging practice has been predominantly focused on classical Persian Miniature on scratchboard and photography as well as printmaking, stencil, sculpture, woodblock and digital media .She is now based in Melbourne creating solo work, collaborating with other artists and assisting with community art workshops.
“My life experience has left my soul scarred and scratched, and so in the same way that life has scarred me, I scratch the surface of paper and use this process to create my artworks. This method of working is a visual reflection of how I feel, and it ultimately allows me to create something beautiful out of something painful.”
Sha Sarwari (AFG)
Sha Sarwari is a multidisciplinary visual artist, who came to Australia as a refugee from Afghanistan. Sha holds a diploma of Graphic Design from TAFE (2005) and a Bachelor of Fine Art from the QCA Griffith University (2015) and currently doing his honours degree in visual arts at VCA Melbourne University.
He has exhibited nationally including Logan Art Galley (Logan), Juggler Art Galley (Brisbane), Incinerator Art Gallery (Melbourne), Walker Street art Gallery (Melbourne) and Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery (Stanthorpe).
Facilitator: Kat Clarke
Being a proud Wotjobaluk woman from the Wimmera, Kat gradually developed her craft by combining her skills and knowledge in community engagement, mentoring, music, the arts, screen, and education. Her grassroots, transparent vitality and forthright approach enables her to work and consult with various government, mainstream, community, arts, and film organisations. These communication skills have been essential to success in building effective working relationships on a variety of projects, and delivering successful outcomes. Kat is flexible, adapting quickly to new projects and environments, and currently manages her time between community, youth, film and arts projects. Kat is collating her first poetry book, which she aims to publish in the coming year.
Image previous page: Bryce Wilson. Untitled 1 2015. Black and white film negative, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist.
Image above: Paul Handley, Untitled # 7 Lesvos 2016. Pigment print, 84 x 110 cm. Courtesy of the artist.
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