elyas alavi

Location: London
Website: www.elyasalavi.com

Elyas Alavi is a multi-disciplinary visual artist and poet. He is primarily working in the form of painting, installation and performance art. Alavi was born in Daikundi province, Afghanistan, and moved to Iran as a child, following the intensification of war in his homeland and in late 2007 he moved to Australia. in 2019 he moved to London.

Alavi has graduated from a a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 2012 at the University of South Australia and currently studying Master of Fine Arts at Chelsea College of Arts, London. He has exhibited and performed in various artspaces including at Firstdraft Gallery (Sydney), Ace Open (Adelaide), Mohsen Gallery (Tehran), IFA Gallery (Kabul), Robert Kananj (Toronto), Chapter House Lane (Melbourne), Feltspace (Adelaide), Jugglers Art Space (Brisbane), UTS Art (Sydney) andNexus Arts (Adelaide).

He visits several issues in his works, but mainly memory, migration, displacement, exile, gender issues, separation and the human nature. The main part of his work as an artist reflects upon his Hazara background (a marginalised ethnic group originally from Afghanistan) as he uses his particular experiences and contemplations as an epistemological model for the dislocation of peoples.


Solo Exhibitions:
2019 A Desolate Voice, M. Contemporary, Sydney
Daydreamer Wolf 3, Ace Open gallery, Adelaide
2018 Daydreamer Wolf 2, Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney
Daydreamer Wolf 1, (Next Wave Festival), Chapter House Lane, Melbourne
2017 Rag/Vein performance, Mohsen Gallery, Tehran, Iran
We Die So That, Nexus Arts Gallery, Adelaide
2016 HALAL, Fontanelle gallery, Adelaide
2015 The Uprooted Tree, Liverpool St gallery, University of South Australia
2014 Derakht-e Bi Rishe, CACSA Project Space, Adelaide
Ordugah (Detention Camp), Public performance art, Mashad, Iran
2013 Hang, Gallery of French Institute in Afghanistan (IFA gallery), Kabul

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2019 Tele-Tales, Robert Kananaj Gallery, Toronto
Pretty Ugly, Cookhouse gallery, London
2018 Daneha/Seeds, Blacktown Arts Centre, Sydney
2017 Nimrooz, Niyavaran Gallery, Tehran
The Invisible, UTS Gallery, Sydney
Home thoughts from abroad, (Fringe Festival) Praxis gallery, Adelaide
Naan/Bread, Felt Space, Adelaide
2016 Jugglers Art Space Inc, Brisbane
Home and Art, The Walker Street gallery, Melbourne
Migration, Moonee Art Space, Melbourne
2014 Nurture, Nexus gallery, Adelaide