Amani Haydar’s paintings are often of women with tears running down their face. They illustrate the pain and grief she feels over the murder of her mother Salwa Haydar, 45, by her father Haydar Haydar in 2015.
But Amani’s entry into this year’s Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW is different. It’s a self portrait — in it she stares back at you, defiant, strong and proud.

“This painting is about me reclaiming that story from the headlines, from the reports and giving it my own voice and telling it in my own words,” Ms Haydar said.