Arif Satar

Arif Satar’s background is layered with experiences of migrancy and border-crossing.

He understands the landscape as a site of fractures that spill across national boundaries to make connections beyond geographies. This ephemeral state of trans-national belonging is reflected in his art practice where a multiplicity of mediums are reconfigured dependently – to form a body of work that encompasses sculpture, stop motion animation, sound and text.

Arif Satar was born in the Island of Mozambique, Africa. Arif completed an Environmental Science degree in 1996 at Murdoch University, Perth. For the past twenty years he has undertaken community and public art projects for community facilities, educational and health institutions, housing projects and public spaces where he had the opportunity to work in creating artworks that are responsive to these settings.


Remembering Kala Pani

Remembering Kala Pani is inspired by the ‘Tipu Tiger’, a musical object made in 1782 in South India for ruler Tipu Sultan, and now held at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The works symbolise the 3.5 million people who made the journey across the Kala Pani (the Indian Ocean), to live as indentured labourers and migrants in other lands.

The artworks derive from votive traditions and rituals from the artists’ places of birth, coupled with complex events and experiences that have shaped their lives and artistic practices.

Revealing itself in various forms, the figure of the tiger is presented as a counter-narrative to representations of the colonial subject and a force of embodied representation and resistance.

[Remembering Kala Pani is a collaborative installation by Audrey Fernandes-Satar and Arif Satar. ]


Island of Mozambique, Mozambique

Lives & Works

Fremantle, Western Australia

Language Groups

Portuguese and Guzurati

Exhibited at

Acknowledgements & Funders

This project has been made possible with the support of the Western Australian Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

Collaborator: Nayeem Satar (single board computer programming)