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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.

Jiddoo Mohammed Salih Zaki

Zainab Hikmet

03 November 2018–24 November 2018

This exhibition contemplates the stream of disruptions and devastations that have taken place in Zainab Hikmet’s home country of Iraq, through transporting and exhibiting a historic self-portrait of a pioneer in Iraqi art, her great-grandfather, Mohammed Salih Zaki, on the 100-year anniversary of its making. Known as the ‘Sheikh of the artists’ Zaki’s self-portrait unconsciously speaks of war, migration and legacy, having been smuggled out of Baghdad following the war in the early 90’s.

The painting was taken to Hikmet’s family home in Auckland by her grandmother who had resorted to smuggling it out of Iraq (where his works are now considered national treasures) in near disrepair. It has since been restored.

Through compiling an accompanying publication, Hikmet aims to highlight the artistic history of her family from the position of a first-generation Iraqi immigrant—exploring this rich and historically problematic facet of Iraq’s history whilst giving this painting a platform in which to be seen.

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  • Zainab Hikmet completed her Masters of Fine Arts at RMIT in 2015, following Undergraduate and Honours degrees from Auckland University of Technology. She has exhibited in various galleries throughout New Zealand and Australia and in 2015 was selected to complete a residency and exhibition at Singapore’s Tropical Lab at LASALLE College of Arts