Elham Behinaein Hamgini, a newly arrived photographer from Iran, is one of the skilled artists from a refugee background joining the Singular/Plural exhibition during New Beginnings for Refugee Week 2017.
Having practised in the commercial sphere for over six years, her recent work transitions to a photojournalistic style, capturing intimate and evocative details of her passage to Australia. “Taking photos gives me a sense of peace and calm. When I take photos of people, I feel closer to them. I feel like I can communicate with them,” Elham said.
“Photography allows me to take a deeper look around me and the environment that I am in”
Singular/Plural will exhibit Elham’s work for the first time since her arrival in Australia over six months ago. Her photograph (pictured), Apartment Block in Kayseri (2016), documents the dwelling of a community of transient migrants in Kayseri, the city where Elham resided for a number of years while awaiting settlement in Australia.
Elham’s photography has been also shortlisted in the 2017 Green Week PhotographyCompetition Exhibition at UTS.
Curated by Denise Thwaites, the Singular/Plural art exhibition will also feature established NSW artists, along with cooperative artworks from community groups. The exhibition opens on Wednesday June 21 at 6pm and continues to July 2. Click here for more information, or follow New Beginnings on Facebook or Instagram for regular updates.