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Mohammed is a multi-disciplinary artist working in the areas of photography, performance and graphic design.  Mohammed lived in Iraq where he obtained a degree in theatre performance from Basra's College of Arts. In Baghdad, he had his own studio and appeared in a number of productions and radio plays.

Mohammed art
Elevations and Wrinkles, 2015, photography prints on wood, 100x65cm. Photo: Graeme Wienand.

Mohammed’s photographs have been exhibited widely throughout Iraq. Since his arrival in Australia in 2013, Mohammed has been involved in various projects, festivals and exhibitions.

Highlights of his work in Sydney include: a short film that he co-directed, The Suffering of the Asylum Seeker, aired at festivals in Sydney; art and photography exhibitions with SSI; performance in 'Origin, Transit and Destination' with Australian Performance Exchange; theatre projects with the Iraqi community; photography exhibition for Sydney Writers' Festival; and performance in 'Little Baghdad', an immersive experience held at Powerhouse Youth Theatre.

"My work carries many meanings to the theme of homeland because I came from one that introduced the most ancient civilisations and cities," Mohammed said. 

"For a personal reason, I chose the Australian poet Bill Tibben as the subject of my picture to embody the theme of homeland. I saw in Bill's face my father's. My father had always been the homeland I resort to when I am exhausted. I sharpened the wrinkles to refer to my personal suffering due to migration and search for safety after losing my father.

"I have mixed elevations with wrinkles to manifest the extent of fusion of history and destiny of the father, the symbol of homeland for me, with those of the son, myself."

Details: See Mohammed'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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