Hoda Afshar. Photograph Alex Torcutti.
Tue 7 May, 2019, 6:00 – 7:15pm
Pricing: Free entry
Location: Hawke Building – LEVEL 5, UniSA City West campus, 55 North Terrace, Adelaide, MAP
Presenter: Hoda Afshar
Unmaking Images – Image Making and Representation
In this lecture, Hoda Afshar discusses the connection between images and representation, and asks how the medium of photography might be used to untangle them. Retracing the history of her own practice, Afshar recounts how the camera has served her as a tool for exploring issues of identity and marginality, both as a documentary photographer in Iran, and as part of her visual-art practice after migrating to Australia.
Focussing on the themes and approach of her most recent series, ‘Behold’, recently shown at Melbourne’s Centre for Contemporary Photography, and ‘Remain’, made on Manus Island in collaboration with Berhouz Boochani and recently exhibited as part of the MCA’s Primavera 2018, Afshar explains how her concern to share the stories of others has necessarily overlapped with her questioning of the limits of image-making, all the while acknowledging its real potential to reshape how we see the world.
Perspectives: shaping the world through visual culture.
Hoda Afshar, Untitled #4, from the series ‘Behold’ 2016, courtesy of the artist
HODA AFSHAR was born in Tehran, Iran (1983), and is now based in Melbourne, Australia. She completed a Bachelor degree in Fine Art– Photography in Tehran, and recently completed her PhD thesis in Creative Arts at Curtin University. Through her art practice, Hoda explores the nature and possibilities of documentary image-making. Working across photography and moving-image, she considers the representation of gender, marginality and displacement. In her work, Hoda employs processes that disrupt traditional image-making practices, play with the presentation of imagery, or merge aspects of conceptual, staged and documentary photography. Hoda’s work has been widely exhibited both locally and internationally and published online and in print. She’s also a member of ‘eleven’, a collective of contemporary Muslim Australian artists, curators and writers whose aim is to disrupt the current politics of representation and hegemonic discourses.
Hoda Afshar website
Press: Art Guide Australia, Hoda Afshar wins William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize 2018
Hoda Afshar, the individual, and their story
Interview with Hoda Afshar, National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015
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