Art exhibition at Islamic College is a matter of identity

Art co-ordinator Amelia Joseph, principal Ahdielah Edries and art teacher Dina Magar with Year 8 and 10 students. Picture: Jon Hewson. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au   d445831
Art co-ordinator Amelia Joseph, principal Ahdielah Edries and art teacher Dina Magar with Year 8 and 10 students. Picture: Jon Hewson. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d445831

THE Australian Islamic College will host its students’ art in an exhibition at the school.

Art co-ordinator Amelia Joseph said the exhibition reflected the students’ thinking of their world and how they saw themselves in Australia.

“Their parents came to Australia yearning for peace, freedom and democracy. When a person migrates to another country they go through strong feelings and fears, particularly if they were from a different culture and faith backgrounds. They are afraid that they will not be welcomed because of their differences, and that maybe the difference will be enormous, and so there is a lack of trust,” she said.

Several themes and techniques were used in the art work as students showed the crossing of Australian and Islamic culture.

“These students wanted to show their identity as a Muslim Australian, that they or their parents have experienced war, violence and racism in their own homeland. These students are growing in the joy of peace in Australia and will be good Australian citizens,” she said.

It includes ceramic, sculptures, paintings, mixed media, mosaic art and Islamic art.

The exhibition at the school is from November 20-27.