Lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. Graduated at Konstfack, he also holds a master’s degree from The Royal Academy of Fine Arts – both institutions located in Stockholm. His practice bears the stamp of his multicultural background (mother Polish, father Iraqi), manifested through a broad interest in many materials and techniques, which most prominently include clay and ceramics. His objects and sculptures mock the opulent and the over-adorned, creating a feel of kitschyness. Gathering “cheap” materials that emulate the real thing has become part of his process too. During a three-month residency at Despina, the artist wants to spend his time searching for new materials and working on new forms of combining them.
Haidar Mahdi’s residency at Despina is generously supported by Iaspis – the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s international programme for Visual and Applied Artists (www.konstnarsnamnden.se)
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