Beyond the Rhetoric: Sha Sawari

18 June 2021 - 1 August 2021


Artist(s): Sha Sawari

Location: Main Gallery

Sha Sarwari is a multidisciplinary, visual artist born in Afghanistan and living in Australia since the year 2000. His artistic practice is percolation of material investigation and form. Within his work, he embeds multiple layers with the intent to create a visually poetic encounter. His work speaks of a place that exists between two worlds—longing and belonging—with a pointed reference to the political discourse around migration, identity, place, memory, nationhood and personal lived experience.

In his recent works, Sha draws inspiration from the visual aesthetic of Farsi script, in particular Nastaliq—one of the main calligraphic hands used in writing the Persian alphabets.

Sha Sawari is one of the recipients of the 2020 Incinerator Art Award: Art for Social Change