Fajr was an exhibition by WA artist Olga Cironis produced alongside members of Perth’s Afghan community, in response to a pair of rarely exhibited 19th Century Afghan prayer rugs, donated to the City of Fremantle Art Collection in 1990. 

Cironis, who undertook a six month residency at FAC, combined both installation and video work to acknowledge the significant role these artefacts play in the intimate ritual of prayer and their placement within the compelling social history of Australia’s Afghan Cameleers.

Cironis’ residency was supported by the Short Term Artist in Residence program of the Department of Culture and the Arts.

The Fajr prayer is the first of the five daily prayers recited by practising muslims.