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Daneha Artists in Conversation

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The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre

78 Flushcombe Rd

Blacktown, NSW 2148

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  • What does it mean to be an Australian and a refugee?

  • How can refugees find narrative and empowerment through art?

  • What inspires artists to create work that references Persian literature and Sufism?

Artists Safda Ahmed, Elyas Alavi, Khadim Ali and Maryam Zahid will attempt to answer these questions by reflecting on their own experiences and creative practices.

This panel will be moderated by freelance journalist and photographer Abdul Hekmat .




About the Panel

Abdul Hekmat is a freelance journalist and photographer. He has written for the Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the Guardian, the Saturday Paper and the Monthly. He is finalist for the Freelance Journalist of the Year Walkley Award 2018, and has been a finalist twice for the United Nations Media Peace Prize. His photographic works have been exhibited nationally. He is also a PhD candidate at the University of Technology, Sydney, where he explores refugee lived experiences through art and narrative writings.

Safdar Ahmed is a Sydney-based artist, musician and academic. He is also a founding member of the Refugee Art Project, for which he conducts art workshops with refugees and asylum seekers in detention.

Elyas Alavi was born in the Daikundi province of Afghanistan, and moved to Australia in 2007 as a ‘refugee at risk’. Based in Adelaide, he works as a visual and performance artist and poet.

Khadim Ali was born of Afghan Hazara parentage, and grew up on the Pakistan/Afghanistan border. Now based in Blacktown, Khadim is an established artist who has exhibited nationally and internationally.

Maryam Zahid is the founder and director of Afghan Women on the Move, a group that aims to empower the voices of Afghan women in Blacktown and Western Sydney.


About Daneha (Seeds)

Daneha, or Seeds in English, explores the identities and stories of the Afghan community in Blacktown, underpinned by cultural and linguistic links to ancient Persia. It connects with local, national and global issues of displacement, loss, survival, resilience and the challenges of resettlement that impact the broader Persian diaspora. The seed symbolises different contexts of migration, a scattered reshaping of community across the globe, with the growing of roots in foreign, unfamiliar soil. It explores how the community regathers and grows new opportunities.

Read more about the full artistic program: https://blacktownarts.com.au/daneha/

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