Painter and Illustrator
As a self-taught painter and illustrator, Shukria Kheradyar uses her practice to express her creative and cultural identity. Limited hand mobility led her to explore painting as an alternative to Afghan hand stitching and since 2018, she has developed her skills through photographic references and watching online videos.
Resonating with the work of Rubaba Muhammedi, a partially paralysed young Afghan artist, Shukria seeks to suffuse meaning into her practice. She is currently working on a series of paintings that depict the atrocities currently being experienced in Afghanistan, with plans to exhibit and sell these pieces in support of the Hazara community.
Shukria has previously exhibited at EmergeD and illustrated a City of Greater Bendigo Against Family Violence brochure. She currently exhibits at the Cultural Exchange Beehive in Bendigo.
Wed 11 Aug 2021 - Sat 30 Jul 2022
Duniya Behter shifts the mainstream narrative about people with migrant and refugee backgrounds, from vulnerable to capable. Women and young people in Bendigo and Shepparton drew from their cultural roots, to build creative businesses and produce new digital creative works. The name, Duniya Behter, emerged from conversations with young Cultural Facilitators employed to work on this project and it speaks to the spirit and intention of MAV’s regional Victoria program. It is a reflection of some of the cultures in Bendigo and Shepparton where the project is based. Duniya means the world in Arabic, Hindi and it’s also found in the languages of Swahili, Hazaragi, Urdu and Persian, where it holds a similar meaning. Behter means better but working together to make better.