Sha Sarwari is a multidisciplinary visual artist born in Afghanistan and living in Australia since the year 2000. His work is percolation of material investigation and form, within his work, he embeds multiple layers with the intent to create a visually poetic encounter. His work speaks of a place that exists between two worlds, longing and belonging, with a pointed reference to the political discourse around migration, identity, place, memory, nationhood and personal lived experience.
In his recent works, Sarwari draws from the visual aesthetic of Farsi scrip in particular ‘Nastaliq’ one of the main calligraphic hands used in writing the Farsi alphabets.
Sha holds a diploma of Graphic Design from TAFE (2005), a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Queensland College of Arts, Griffith University (2015), and an Honours degree in Visual Arts from Victoria College of Arts, Melbourne University (2018).
In 2015 Sha was awarded High commendation at The Churchie National Emerging Art Prize Sha is the recipient of the inaugural prize of 2016 Home art prize The Walker Street Gallery & Arts Centre. In 2017 he was awarded Most Critically Engaged Work at CCP Salon, Australian Centre for Photography. Most recently, in 2018 he was awarded the Fiona Myer Award for excellence at VCA, Melbourne University, and named a finalist in the Blacktown Art Prize.