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Hayder completed a BA in Fine Arts at the University of Baghdad, in his native Iraq, in 2008. From 2009 to 2011, he worked as an art teacher with the Ministry of Education of Iraq.

Hayder - Memories
Memories, 2015, Mixed media on canvas, 100x100cm. Photo: Graeme Wienand.

Hayder had his first solo exhibition at the College of Fine Arts (University of Baghdad) in 2008. After arriving in Australia in 2012, he exhibited at Christmas Island North West Point IDC, SSI’s Art is Our Voice (2014) and has volunteered his expertise as an art teacher. His main goal is to continue developing his art in Australia. Hayder also co-directed a short film named The Suffering of the Asylum Seeker in November 2014. 

"Memories are formed by life experiences,: Hayder said. "the family I grew up with, the country I was born in, the culture and traditions passed on to me. When you are away, memories help you keep the connection with what you left behind. They become essential.

"My work is made up of symbolic patches of memories. Memories are my home now. 

"The only things we’re left with when we're gone are memories."

Details: See Hayder's work at "Home: between here and there"

Where: Bankstown Arts Centre, 5 Olympic Parade, Bankstown, NSW

When: August 19-22

Opening: 6pm, August 19

Register for opening night.

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