Through painting, I find it is extremely important to be drawn to the piece, as the maker, to learn something new and be a part of the work. Ethnicity is very personal and I’ve drawn aspects of my tradition in order to delve deeper into my cultural identity and how it fits as a second-generation migrant who struggles to connect with my home country, Algeria.

Kawthar was born and raised in Melbourne/Naarm and expresses her heritage through painting, ceramics and photography. The historical and indigenous traditions of North Africa (Amazigh) are a significant aspect of her work ranging from pottery to patterns/motifs with deeper connections to her sense of displacement and personal journey in a contemporary light to craftsmanship.


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Kawthar Zoubiri