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Kings Artist-Run provides a location for contemporary art practice, supporting distinctive experimental projects by artists at all stages of their careers.
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KINGS Artist-Run acknowledges the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate.

We offer our respect to Elders both past and present and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people.

these words

Moorina Bonini
Rushdi Anwar
Sha Sawari

01 June 2019–22 June 2019

these words considers how artists incorporate language into their practices, challenging the dominance of English in a linguistically diverse country such as Australia. The exhibition explores how language acts as both a unifying force and a barrier; an integral tool for understanding our own culture as well as the culture of others.

The capacity for language to simultaneously act as a form of connection and isolation, of fluidity and evolution feeds into the socio-political issues brought into question by this exhibition. By bringing together work by Rushdi Anwar, Sha Sawari and Moorina Bonini, the exhibition will present the history and power of language from an Indigenous Australian perspective alongside that of recent refugee and migrant experiences.

Writing accompanying this exhibition is by Nadia Niaz, creator of The Australian Multilingual Writing Project.

Curated by Jessica Row and Georgia Mill.


Images: Rushdi Anwar, A Hope and Peace to End All Hope and Peace (still image) 2018. HD video sound installation, one channel. And Sha Sawari, Untitled 2019, 58 x 81 cm, various chared timber offcuts and charcoal powder on marine plywood.

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  • Moorina Bonini is a proud Yorta Yorta and Woiwurrung woman. She is descended from the Dhulunyagen family clan of Ulupna people (Yorta Yorta) and is part of the Briggs/McCrae family. Moorina is an artist whose works are informed by her experiences as an Aboriginal and Italian woman. Within her practice, she creates artwork that examines contemporary Indigenous histories through the use of installation and video. Moorina holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from RMIT University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from VCA. Her work has been exhibited within group shows and at various galleries such as Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Sydney Festival, Blak Dot Gallery, c3 Contemporary Art Space, SEVENTH Gallery, Koorie Heritage Trust and Brunswick Street Gallery. Moorina has produced and co-curated art and cultural programs across RMIT University and the University of Melbourne. Moorina is currently working at Next Wave as a Producer-in-Residence. She is a board member of SEVENTH Gallery, where she is currently the First Nations Programming Coordinator.
  • Rushdi Anwar is a Melbourne-based artist originally from Kurdistan. Currently, he is working between Australia and Thailand. His work often reflects on the socio-political issues of Kurdistan, Iraq and the Middle East. He poetically draws from personal experience and memory concerning contemporary issues of displacement, identity, conflict, trauma and the impact of colonialism. . Based on his background as a Kurd who has lived through recent violence of the region, his works reference both recent and historical geopolitical unrest to generate discourse about the status of social equity. His installation, sculpture, painting, photography and video practice recalls the everyday plight of socio-political persecution. Rushdi have degrees from the Institute of Kirkuk-Kurdistan, and the Enmore Design Centre in Sydney; further completing a Masters of Fine Art, and a Doctorate of Philosophy Art (PhD), at RMIT University in 2016. He has held solo and group exhibitions widely in Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Finland, France, Japan, Kurdistan, Norway, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and USA. Recent exhibitions include: Project “Intercambio”, 13th Havana Biennial 2019, Cuba. The National 2019: New Australian Art, (AGNSW). MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Chiang Mai, Thailand (2019). “52 artists 52 actions”, Artspace Sydney (2019). 12th Gwangju Biennale 2018, South Korea. “Temporary Certainty” 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney (2018). Project: “What's left behind”, 21st Biennale of Sydney 2018, MCA, Australia.
  • Sha Sarwari is a multidisciplinary visual artist born in Afghanistan and has been living in Australia for the past 18 years. Sha holds a diploma of Graphic Design from TAFE (2005), a Bachelor of Fine Art from the QCA Griffith University (2015), and Honours degree in Visual Arts from VCA Melbourne University (2018). In his work, Sarwari gives form to the notion of statelessness with a pointed reference to the political discourse around migration, identity, place and nationhood. His work speaks of a place exist between two worlds in which frustration is countered with hope, failure and resilience go hand in hand and compromises that are made in negotiation for survival. In 2018 he was awarded the Fiona Myer Award for excellence at VCA, Melbourne University, and a finalist in the Blacktown art prize. In 2017 he was awarded Most Critically Engaged Work at CCP Salon, Australian Centre for Photography.