Aiming for the moon: growing up as an Arab-Australian artist

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Amani Haydar

For Archibald Prize finalist Amani Haydar the road to an art career curved around family expectations and an Arab upbringing.

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Amani Haydar with her Archibald Prize shortlisted work Insert headline here. Image John Feder/The Australian.

About the author

Amani Haydar is an artist, lawyer, mum and advocate for women’s health and safety based in Western Sydney. Amani’s writing and illustrations have been published in ABC News Online and SBS Life and her self-portrait Insert Headline Here was a finalist in the 2018 Archibald Prize. Amani uses visual art and writing to explore the personal and political dimensions of abuse, loss, identity and resilience.