Sha Sarwari – Like a moth to a flame

Exhibition and Shows

22 Feb 2020 to 10 May 2020

Sha Sarwari is a multidisciplinary visual artist who came to Australia as a refugee from Afghanistan in 2000. Like a moth to a flame is a collection of Sha’s most recent work. His work speaks of a place that exists between two worlds, longing and belonging, with a pointed reference to the political discourse around refugees and migration, identity, place, memory, nationhood and personal lived experience.

The exhibition title Like a moth to a flame is used as a metaphor for the often tragic plight of refugees. A moth’s fatal attraction to bright lights is a well-known allusion to a person who is ‘apt to be tempted by something that would lead to their downfall’.

Moths also symbolise determination, attraction and faith, they are driven towards light. Refugees share the same attributes as they are driven towards the ‘light’ of the West, like a beacon of hope to escape unliveable circumstances of war and oppression in their homelands.

The works in the exhibition are an engagement in the creative process of material investigation to counter and heal the enduring trauma of the refugee experience and of reconciling cultural identity, understanding and belonging within and beyond the artist’s life.


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22 Feb 2020 to 10 May 2020

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