Elyas Alavi is a multi-disciplinary visual artist based in Adelaide, South Australia. He is primarily working in the form of Painting, Installation, Performance Art and recently video 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 as refugee at risk.
Elyas Alavi graduated from a Masters by Research (Visual Arts) in 2015 and a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) in 2012 at the University of South Australia and has exhibited nationally and internationally including projects at IFA Gallery (Kabul), Mohsen Gallery (Tehran), UTS Art (Sydney), Jugglers Art Space (Brisbane), The Walker Street Gallery (Melbourne), Nexus Arts, CACSA Project Space and Fontanelle Gallery (Adelaide).
Alavi also is best known as an internationally renowned poet. He published 3 poetry books in Iran and Afghanistan. First poetry book “I’m a daydreamer wolf” published in 2008 in Tehran, followed by “Some wounds” in 2012 in Kabul and “Hodood” in 2015 in Tehran.
He regularly runs art and poetry workshops in community centres and schools in Adelaide. He visits many issues in his works, but mainly memory, displacement, exile, social justice, 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. This auto ethnographic approach offers a representative perspective for other displaced people and, hopefully, contributes to a deepening knowledge of the refugee and migration experience.
- Andrew Hill, Marzha/Burders exhibition: catalogue essay
- Brigid Noone, Home is the place you left, January 28, 2015
- Sophie Perri, Elyas Alavi is an artist without borders, The Advertiser, 2013
- Andre Lawrence, Poetry in Landscape: Wind and Voice, January 28, 2012
- Andrew Hill, The Life of dreams, October 15, 2010
- Nexus World Music Series Commission - Elyas Alavi, Derek Pascoe & Chris Martin
- Hard Talk, BBC Persian TV, March 4, 2014
- On Contemporary Art in Afghanistan, BBC radi0 December 10, 2013
- L'Institute Francais d'Afghanistan, December 2, 2013