MARS Gallery will exhibit the first solo commercial exhibition by Amani Haydar, called The Light in Her Eyes. Presenting a unified image of loss, resilience, and female strength, this exhibition will also coincide with the release of her first memoir, The Mother Wound.
In 2015, Haydar suffered an unimaginable loss. Her mother, Salwa, was stabbed 30 times in her Sydney home by her husband while their youngest daughter, only 18 at the time, was pleading with him to stop. At the time, Haydar was working as a litigation lawyer and was pregnant with her first child.
In spite of her trauma, Haydar’s palettes are marked by a distinct sense of vibrancy. Her exuberant colours work in tandem with the defiant gazes of her portrait sitters to convey a sense of hope—that one day, safety and freedom will be attainable for all women. In their wide-eyed stares, we catch glimpses of the human condition, and it is through this exchange that true solidarity is achieved.
Opening night: Wednesday 7 July, 6 – 8pm.