Melbourne-based artist HODA AFSHAR’S award-winning portraiture series titled REMAIN was made in collaboration with indefinitely detained asylum seekers on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea more than six years after they left their homelands to seek asylum in Australia, but instead were sent to languish in the remote offshore detention centre. The series bears witness to their incarcerated lives on Manus through individual and shared stories, staged images, and through words.
HODA AFSHAR (born 1983, Tehran. Iran) Lives and works in Melbourne. She is a visual artist and also lectures in photography and fine art. Hoda’s work has been widely exhibited locally and internationally and published online and in print. Her work is also part of numerous private and public collections. Through her work, she explores the nature and possibilities of documentary image-making. Working across photography and moving-image, she considers the representation of gender, marginality and displacement. Recent exhibitions include 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, Sydney and Waqt al tagheer: Time of Change, ACE Open, 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.
Presented by The SUBSTATION, Hyphenated Projects and Due West Festival.