Azizeh Astaneh

Hi there!

I am an artist, former art critic and an asylum seeker living in Melbourne. I am the founding president of Melbourne Artists For Asylum Seekers. Since 2014 I have curated art exhibitions featuring works by detained and community-based asylum seekers and artists living in Melbourne. I am now studying an Advanced Diploma in Engineering Technology – Electrical at Victoria University and work as a freelance graphic designer in Melbourne.

I spent nearly 6 months of my life living in detention centres. Thanks to the art volunteers who were regularly visiting Melbourne Detention Camp, I learnt that life is beautiful even when the world is ill. We still have bright Sundays to remind us there is more to life and hope of a remedy.

My artworks are devoid of aesthetics doctrine, though we know there’s always a “probably” in art discussions. I enjoy painting so much; I am obsessed with expressing metaphors through my work to allay the over-flowing matters and thoughts in my head.

Above all, I love collaborating and creating connections through art.