This exhibition will feature artworks that have been created during a series of creative workshops for newly arrived communities, hosted by SSI Arts & Culture in the lead up to the New Beginnings Festival for Refugee Week 2018. These workshops have been led by artists Damon AMB, Atefeh Hekmat and Majid Roberts, who will also be curating the exhibition.
Iranian refugee, artist and engineer Majid Rabet pairs technology with art and uses innovation to help other artists to develop their art projects. He has created a hot wire machine from scrap material that makes laser cuts into styrofoam and has referred to this during the workshops. Mr Rabet’s artistic practice began after arriving in Australia in 2010 and spending two years detained in immigration centres. He uses art as a form of therapy to overcome the trauma that he has suffered as a refugee.
Persian artist and painter Atefeh Hekmat was a thriving assistant artist with over 20 years of experience working in the field. After opening her own art gallery, Ms Hekmat curated several exhibitions with the support of art teachers and friends. She has had many solo and group exhibitions in Iran and Australia. Her artistic practice centers on oil and acrylic painting on canvas. Her works are dynamic and represent her desire to connect with her inner journey as an artist. Atefeh also runs private art classes, workshops and demonstrations.
Photographer and Digital Artist Damon AMB began his photographic journey more than 20 years ago with his father’s old Konica camera in Iran. He started experimenting by taking images of nature, people and his surroundings. He now runs his own studio and business, Damon Art Studio.
The exhibition showcases the successful collaboration between artists from refugee backgrounds who have been in Australia for a number of years and those budding artists who have recently arrived to Australian shores.