Photographer Hoda Afshar takes us across history, dissolving the boundaries of staged and documentary photography to make visible the stories that are not immediately seen. In her new book, Speak the Wind (2021, MACK), Afshar looks at the southern coast of Iran in a narrative that blends poetry and the image to explore displacement and spirituality. But how does an artist reveal these hidden stories?
Afshar will be joined by TPG Director Brett Rogers as she gives insight into her practice and an approach that combines newer and more traditional photographic techniques as she works across both still and moving images.
Hoda Afshar explores the nature and possibilities of documentary image-making. Working across photography and moving-image, the artist considers the representation of gender, marginality, and displacement. In her artworks, Afshar employs processes that disrupt traditional image-making practices, play with the presentation of imagery, or merge aspects of conceptual, staged and documentary photography. Recent exhibitions include; WE CHANGE THE WORLD, National Gallery of Victoria (2021), PHOTO International Festival of Photography in Melbourne (2021), Between the Sun and the Moon: Lahore Biennale (2020), Remain, UQ Museum of Art in Brisbane (2019), Beyond Place Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego CA, USA (2019), Primavera 2018, Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney and Waqt al tagheer: Time of Change, ACE Open in Adelaide (2018). In 2015, she received the National Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery and in 2018 won Bowness Photography Prize, Monash Gallery of Art, Australia.