Hamed Rayat Preview - Boat People

  Hamed Rayat at the preview of his Boat People series of etchings. Photo: Sean Smith  

 

Hamed Rayat at the preview of his Boat People series of etchings. Photo: Sean Smith

 

A preview to Iranian artist Hamed Rayat’s ongoing etching series, Boat People, was held on Saturday 13 December.

"When I see my friends, those who are refugees and asylum seekers, they have had a difficult life, they have and still have a lot of problems. When I see them, I can see deep lines in their faces. They are different to other people- I can see their sadness, their anger. I wanted to show this." - Hamed Rayat.

These portraits of the artist's friends show the physical and emotional toll on those forced to flee. These prints also serve as a self-representation of the refugee experience, something lacking in Australia's contemporary political and media landscape.

Preview event: Saturday 13 Dec, 4 - 6pm
Exhibition Dates: 5 - 21 Dec 2014