The After State
29 JULY – 8 AUGUST
CLOSING NIGHT: THURSDAY 7 JULY 5 – 7PM
Rushdi Anwar and Elmedin Zunic
The After State is a collaborative project between artists Rushdie Anwar and Elmedin Zunic that is concerned with history, metamorphosis and never-ending change – change that occurs within substance, time and space.
The works produced by Anwar and Zunic consist of, for the most part, non-traditional materials such as nails, rust, burned books, concrete and ash. These materials produce an important visual vocabulary redolent of decay that suggests a transmutation of state and form. Rushdi and Elmedin’s work is recurrently charged with issues of social and political unrest and expatriation – all of which have affected each artist personally.
Anwar and Zunic have exhibited widely both nationally and internationally.
Over the past few years, Elmedin Zunic has been involved in the art scene in Australia as well as exhibiting in South Africa, Kurdistan and Norway. He has been awarded a two-year residency in Kristiansand (Norway) and grants from Cultiva Express Kristiansand, Norwegian grant Scheme, Kristiansand County Council as well as receiving a prize from Domain Hill Property Group, Melbourne.
Rushdi Anwar has held solo and group exhibitions widely in Australia, Canada, France, Switzerland, Austria, Finland, Norway, Bulgaria, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Thailand and Kurdistan. He has been awarded grants from Australia Council for the Arts, Australia-Thailand Institute, Kurdistan Regional Government through the Ministry of Arts and Culture, Australian Postgraduate Award and residencies from the Ne’-Na Contemporary Art Space, Chiang mai-Thailand and Casula Powerhouse Art Centre, Sydney.
Rushdi Anwar, Chalk and Blackboard (detail), C type photograph 2013