Given the despairing conditions refugees on Manus Island are currently enduring, we felt it an appropriate time to share and make available for purchase this image, generously donated to us by the the wonderful artist, academic and activist, Safdar Ahmed.
The image features a narcissus flower, which to Iranians and Afghans represents Spring, the New Year and hope for a new beginning. IBYFM is so humbled to be able to share this beautiful work.
The image is available for purchase on our Red Bubble website and, as always, 100% of the proceeds made from these sales will be donated to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC). The image can be printed on t-shirts/hoodies, posters, phone cases, and a number of other items.
As always, there are a range of other images available for purchase on the IBYFM Red Bubble website, with all proceeds going to the ASRC, so do feel free to browse the collection.
With love, and solidarity,
About the Artist
Dr Safdar Ahmed has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sydney’s National Art School and completed his PhD in 2010 with the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Sydney. He is a founding member of the Refugee Art Project, for which he conducts art workshops with refugees and asylum seekers in detention. Safdar has published a range of zines and comic illustrations, and in 2015 he won a Walkley Award in the Artwork category for his documentary webcomic, Villawood: Notes from an Immigration Detention Centre.