Hoda Afshar opens major solo exhibition in Sydney

A Curve is a Broken Line by Hoda Afshar is the artist’s first major solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, on view now until 21 January 2024.

Afshar is praised by the gallery as ‘one of Australia’s most innovative and unflinching photomedia artists.’ And it’s likely you’ve seen her work before as it transcends the art world into the realm of photojournalism.

Image: Hoda Afshar Portrait #3 2014 from the series In the exodus, I love you more 2014– © Hoda Afshar

Photography and moving image works from the Melbourne-based, Iranian-born artist serve as both artistic explorations and political inquiry.

Her lens captures and foregrounds people whose person or story might feel overlooked, or worse, invisible. An example of this is her portrait of Behrouz Boochani on Manus Island.

Image: Hoda Afshar Behrouz Boochani – Manus Island from the series Remain 2018 © Hoda Afshar

Afshar, says the gallery, is an artist who is ‘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 sensitive and anchored in empathy yet also radical in the way it wrestles with injustice.’

Image: Hoda Afshar Remain (video still) from the series Remain 2018, Art Gallery of New South Wales © Hoda Afshar

As well as a newly commissioned series, past works will be complemented by a new publication which will comprise creative and experimental responses from a range of writers.

You can listen to a podcast of the artist Hoda Afshar in conversation with Eugenia Lim here.