Hoda Afshar Untitled #88, from the series Speak the wind 2015-22, pigment photographic print, 80 x 100 cm © Hoda Afshar, image courtesy the artist
16 July - 14 December 

Artist: Hoda Afshar 

Curator: Isobel Parker Phillip 

The first major solo exhibition by one of Australia’s most innovative and unflinching photomedia artists 

Through her photographs and moving image works, Iranian-born, Melbourne-based Hoda Afshar examines the politics of image-making. Deeply researched yet emotionally sensitive, her work can be seen as a form of activism as much as an artistic inquiry. 

Afshar uses the camera to give visibility to those who have been denied it, resolutely insisting on the humanity of her subjects. She makes us contend with violence and brutality, not through blunt imagery but through evocation. Her work is anchored in empathy yet also radical in the way it wrestles with injustice. 

This exhibition features photography and film from the past decade to present a comprehensive overview of Afshar’s recent practice, including a newly commissioned series. Amassed together in dialogue for the first time in a major public institution, these works offer a poignant reminder of the power of images and their coercive potential.

Hoda Afshar: A Curve is a Broken Line is an Art Gallery of New South Wales touring exhibition.  







Thumbnail image: Hoda Afshar Untitled #10, from the series In turn 2023, pigment photographic print, 169 x 128 cm © Hoda Afshar, image courtesy the artist