To showcase the creative work of refugees and asylum seekers in Australia, Art Is Our Voice is an exhibition organised by Settlement Services International and Amnesty International’s ARTillery project.
The exhibition gives a creative voice to those that rarely get to express themselves, with 15 visual artists from Iran, Iraq, Egypt and Sri Lanka. Many artists have worked professionally in their countries of origin for a variety of creative media that include painting, sculpting, photography and jewellery. Characterising this exhibition is the art of Masoud Akhava Ghassabzadeh, whose craft is coffee art – practised by those who have spent time in detention. Akhava had no access to paints and so began using instant coffee mixed with water to paint.
The Art Is Our Voice exhibition is on at the Verge Gallery at the University of Sydney from May 14-22.