TAMARA Khadim travelled to Australia in 2012 as a refugee.A student at the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad from the age of 13, she went on to become an accomplished artist in Iraq, selling her paintings to buyers in Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Istanbul.
Later, as an adult, her husband’s work allowed her to travel to many countries, including Russia, Romania, Turkey and Syria.
Since living in Canberra, she has been inspired by the multicultural aspect of society, and has particularly noticed the African population in Canberra.
This has inspired Khadim to create paintings depicting African women, alongside other paintings of landscapes and floral arrangements.
When feeling homesick however, she finds solace in painting scenes from her native Baghdad, as well as scenes from the various countries that her and her family have lived in over the years, including Russia, Romania, Syria and Istanbul.
Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services of the ACT Inc. presents artworks by Tamara Khadim, in the Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre, Level 2 (North Building, 180 London Circuit, Canberra City) 8:30 am to 6 pm (Monday – Friday, 12 – 4 Saturday) until September 27.