Raafat Ishak

Raafat Ishak in conversation at the National Museum of Australia

Raafat Ishak will feature in the panel conversation Living Egypt: Exploring Contemporary Expressions of Culture, Creativity & Identity at the National Museum of Australia in Ngambri/Canberra.

A collateral event for the ongoing exhibition Discovering Ancient Egypt, the discussion (which additionally includes actor and artist Helen Sawires and academic Dr Lucia Sorbera) will consider contemporary Egyptian cultural expressions, encompassing art, film, literature and more. The panelists will engage in and scrutinise the manifold ways in which contemporary life in Egypt and the Egyptian diaspora continues to be shaped by and has subsequently revisited the traditions of ancient civilisations.

Living Egypt (Artist talk)
National Museum of Australia, Ngambri/Canberra
Thursday, 4 April 2024, 18:00 – 19:30 AEDT

Please note that this event is ticketed and booking is required.

Raafat Ishak in ‘The Night of Counting the Tears’, Islamic Museum of Australia

Raafat Ishak is exhibiting alongside Ezz Monem in ‘The Night of Counting the Tears’ at the Islamic Museum of Australia.

‘The Night of Counting the Tears’ combines Islamic traditions with Western art forms, both classical and contemporary, to explore representations of the Prophet Muhammad, the Kaaba, and everyday life.

The Night of Counting the Tears
28 April–15 July 2023
Islamic Museum of Australia

Raafat Ishak, ‘Eye Looking at Large Glass Broken’ at Heide Modern

We are pleased to announce that Raafat Ishak will present a new body of work in the modernist gallery at Heide Museum of Modern Art. Titled ‘Eye Looking at Large Glass Broken’, the major exhibition opens on Saturday 22 April 2023.

Consisting of enigmatic sculptural objects, a sound work and a series of vivid paintings, ‘Eye Looking at Large Glass Broken’ references Heide’s long-standing role as an incubator of modern and contemporary art and architecture, and brings together a number of key speculative threads in the artist’s practice.

Eye Looking at Large Glass Broken
22 April – 6 August 2023

Aleks Danko, Raafat Ishak and Nick Selenitsch in ‘It’s not you, it’s me’

Aleks Danko, Raafat Ishak and Nick Selenitsch feature in ‘It’s not you, it’s me’ which opens tonight at 5pm at the Fiona and Sidney Myer Gallery. This exhibition runs until the 01 April 2023
‘It’s not you, it’s me’ is an exhibition of self-portraiture by the staff of VCA ART. Including painting, drawing, sculpture, video, and photography ‘It’s not you, it’s me’ presents diverse approaches to the idea of self-imaging.

‘a do ocean’ featuring Gian Manik, George Egerton-Warburton, Raafat Ishak and Nick Selenitsch

‘a do ocean’ curated Christopher L G Hill at Kings Artist-Run, featuring Sutton artists: Gian Manik, George Egerton-Warburton, Raafat Ishak and Nick Selenitsch
Also with Cameron Allan McKean, Ricarda Bigolin, Hugo Blomley, Nicola Blumenthal, Holly Childs, Stacey Collee, Renee Cosgrave, Gabriella D’Costa, Debris Facility, Endless Lonely Planet 11, Sam George, Luke Gerrard, Aurellia Guo, Chloe Hagger, Christopher L G Hill, Jesse Hogan, Lou Hubbard, Helen Hughes, Eleanor Laver, Alice McIntosh, Sean McMorrow, Kate Meakin, Virginia Overell, Ashley Perry, Lisa Radford, Yuval Rosinger, Amy May Stuart, Savanna Szelski, Christopher Theofanous, Yundi Wang, and more.

Raafat Ishak for the Metro Tunnel

Raafat Ishak has been announced as one of the five artists commissioned to deliver the Metro Tunnel legacy artworks in Melbourne.

Ishak will create a large-scale permanent artwork for Anzac Station, with the stations scheduled to open in 2025.

Raafat Ishak at Five Walls, Footscray

Raafat Ishak and Sean Loughrey present ‘Box Hill’. A collaborative project where Abstraction is held accountable to representational devices, namely photographic representation in a dialogue with a black box.

22 July – 6 August 2022

Raafat Ishak and Helga Groves at Counihan Gallery

Raafat Ishak and Helga Groves are included in The Space We Live, the Air We Breathe at Counihan Gallery, Moreland City Council. The exhibition brings together seven local artists in a poetic rendering of the creative life of Moreland. Importantly, the artists in this show are social commentators, forever casting an eye on their social and political surrounds. The artworks included build an interesting dialogue, emphasising Moreland as a hotbed of creative and socio-political discourse.

Raafat Ishak and John Meade in Conners Conners inaugural exhibition

Raafat Ishak and John Meade are included in portico, the inaugural exhibition at Conners Conners, a new non-profit exhibition space at Fitzroy Town Hall.

Conners Conners
Fitzroy Town Hall, behind the central terrace on Napier St
21 November – 21 December, 2019