- Born 1983 in Tehran, Iran.
- Based in Melbourne, Australia.
Remain (2018) displays the beautiful natural environment of Manus Island in Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific. However, the men who appear in this work with the island’s natural beauty as their background convey sadness and despair, uncertainty about the future, and the fear of death. They traveled to Australia as refugees but were denied entry into the country, and instead have been incarcerated on Manus.
Approximately 1,500 men were held on Manus Island since the detentions began in 2013. Although the detention center closed in 2016, some of the men remained on the island until 2021. At times, the harsh life on the island became that of a brutal prison, with the men experiencing mental and physical torment, and some suffering mental illness, and others even losing their lives. The video depicts the sharp contrast between the robust, lively natural environment and the people living there, robbed of their freedom, feeling death close by, and it allows us to hear their tragic cries through songs, poems, and words. The video work Remain was created in memory of the twelve men who died as a direct result of immigration detention. Along with the photographic work Remain (2018/2022) , which consists of twelve portraits of men who had been detained there, it poses questions of what respect for humanity means and what the right to live in freedom means.
Hoda Afshar was born in Tehran, Iran and is now based in Melbourne, Australia. She deals with the themes of gender, marginality, and displacement through photography and video, focusing on the camera’s propensity for getting to the heart of phenomena and revealing overlooked aspects of reality. Her practice includes merging elements of documentary with staged scenes to depict a particular reality with greater clarity. Afshar’s work has been shown at venues such as the National Gallery of Victoria (Australia), the Lahore Biennale 02 (Pakistan), and the Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego, USA). Her awards include Australia’s National Photographic Portrait Prize in 2015 and the Bowness Photography Prize in 2018.
- Selected Works & Awards
- When the Wind Blows, KUNST HAUS WIEN MUSEUM- Museum Hundertwasser, Vienna, Austria
- Speak the Wind, Monash Gallery of Art, Victoria,
- PHOTO 2022: International Festival of Photography, Melbourne, Australia
- WE CHANGE THE WORLD, National Gallery of Victoria
- Lahore Biennale 02:between the sun and the moon, Pakistan
- Defining Place/Space: Contemporary Photography from Australia, Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, California, USA
- Primavera 2018: Young Australian Artists, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney
- Ramsay Art Prize 2021 People’s Choice Prize, Art Gallery of South Australia
- Bowness Photography Prize, Monash Gallery of Art, Australia
- National Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, Australia
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