Safdar Ahmed: Artist’s Curriculum Vitae

Art Projects and Group Exhibitions

2010-2015 Co-founder, workshop facilitator and curator for The Refugee Art Project

2015, ‘Under the shade of the Waq Waq Tree’, with Undrawing the line, featured in Paramor Art Prize, Casula Powerhouse

2014, ‘Under the shade of the Waq Waq Tree’, with Undrawing the line, featured in Salon Fluchthilfe, part of Utopian Pulse – Flares in the Darkroom, The Secession, Vienna

2014, ‘Under the shade of the Waq Waq Tree’, with Undrawing the line, featured in Quo Vadis: The last drawing show,  UNSW Galleries, Sydney

2014, ‘Under the shade of the Waq Waq Tree’, with Undrawing the line, featured in Protest Songs, Lismore Regional Gallery

2014, TarraWarra Beinnale, with the boat-people.org

2014, Illustration featured in Mixtape Memoirs, Sydney Writers Festival

2014, facilitator for ‘Bosbolobosboco #6 (Depatrure-Transit-Arrival)’, with Libia Castro, Olaffson & Refugee Art Project, 19th Biennale of Sydney

2014 Group exhibition, ‘A Way Out’, Verge Gallery, Sydney

2013, ‘Yusuf’s Story’ (8 page comic), published in Key of Sea journal.

2011, ‘New Neighbours’ project, Parramatta, involving artists and refugees. This included working alongside refugees and asylum seekers in art workshops across a range of styles, mediums and approaches.

2011 Group exhibition, ‘Contested Territories’, At The Vanishing Point, Sydney

2011 Group exhibition, ‘reverse=bread.from(crumbs)’, At The Vanishing Point, Sydney

2011 Group exhibition, ‘Continuum’, The Paper Mill Gallery, Sydney

2010, ‘Muffled Protest’, boat-people.org

2003, ‘Best We Forget’ project, boat-people.org

1999 National Art School graduating exhibition, National Art School, Sydney.

1998, Mural at Liverpool Hospital, Children’s Ward

1996 Julian Ashton’s Art School group exhibition, Sydney

Curated Exhibitions

2014, ‘Still Alive’, Stanley Street Gallery, Sydney

2012, ‘Life in Limbo’, UTS Tower building exhibition space, Sydney

2011, ‘Villawood: Survival+Resistance’, ICE building, Parramatta

2011, ‘fear+hope’, Mori Gallery, Sydney

Relevant Academic Articles

2012, ‘Literary Romanticism and Islamic Modernity: The Case of Urdu Poetry’, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, January 2012, 1-22.

2011, ‘The Art of Exile’, Literature and Aesthetics, Vol. 21, June 2011, 10-18.

2011, ‘Abu Ghraib in the Art of Ayad Alkadhi’, Third Text: Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Art and Culture, Vol. 25, Issue 3, May 2011, 1-10.

2009, ‘“We are integrating you”: Western Muslims and the Danish Cartoon Controversy’, Art(e)fact Magazine 1, 23.

Educational Background

PhD., Arabic and Islamic Studies Department, University of Sydney, (conferred 30 April 2010)

Complex Modernity: Re-examining Discourses of Islamic Reform

Associate Professor Ahmad Shboul (Supervisor), Dr Nijmeh Hajjar (Associate Supervisor)

Bachelor of Arts, First Class Honours (History), University of Sydney, 2004

Bachelor of Fine Arts, National Art School, 1999