ABC Radio National Interview: Exhibition showcases international refugee artists


“The Casula Powerhouse Art Centre in Sydney is presenting a landmark exhibition called simply Refugees.

(30 July – 11 September 2016)

It brings together more than 65 works by 22 world-renowned artists, including Yoko Ono, Ai Wei Wei and Anish Kapoor, each of whom share a refugee background.

We speak to curator Toni Bailey and to two Sydney-based artists whose work is on display as part of the exhibition, Khadim Ali and Aida Tomescu.

Khadim Ali was born in 1978 in Quetta, Pakistan. He and his family belong to the Hazara minority, and fled Afghanistan to escape Taliban persecution.

Aida Tomescu, one of Australia’s most prominent abstract painters, escaped the repression and constant surveillance of her home country Romania in the late 1970s.

The exhibition seeks to stimulate discussion around the contentious issue of refugees and asylum seekers, as well as humanising the current refugee crisis.”

(Pictured is Messiaen, 2013, oil and pigments on canvas, 184 x 154cm).

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