5 October 2018
A local teenage refugee will have his raw and beautiful photography on display in the 'Snapshot in Time' exhibition at the Darius Wells Library and Resource Centre from 11 October to 7 November.
Originally from Afghanistan, 18 year old Abuzar Gharibyar (aka Abuzar Changezi) arrived in Australia in 2016 with his mother and siblings to reunite with his father who had arrived a few years before as part of the Australian Refugee Resettlement Program. Kwinana became a safe place, a place that he now calls home.
Whilst Abuzar always had an interest in photography, circumstances would prevent him from pursuing this interest until later when he arrived in Australia.
"I wanted to get enough money to buy a camera and started to collect all sorts of bottles - plastic ones, glass bottles and cans so I could get money by recycling them," said Abuzar.
"Our backyard was full with bottles but I soon found out that I wouldn't get any money for recycling the bottles and had to put all the bottles out," he said.
Encouraged by the City of Kwinana Youth Team, Abuzar borrowed an SLR camera from the Zone and started to intuitively capture what he saw within his surroundings. The staff at the Zone recognised that Abuzar had a natural talent for photography and nurtured his passion by mentoring and encouraging him to pursue his dreams.
City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said it was great to see such a high level of talent displayed by a young local.
"The images in this exhibition are a collection of events - some of these are fleeting moments that Abuzar has captured and others are moments of contemplation and quietness," she said.
"The entire collection is thought provoking and, at times, challenges the stereotypes we hold about our surroundings and the people we pass in our daily lives – it's definitely worth visiting in the coming weeks."
Date: 11 October to 7 November 2018
Location: Darius Wells Library and Resource Centre - Robbos Way Kwinana