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 submitted her PhD thesis in Creative Arts at Curtin University. Hoda began her career as a documentary photographer in Iran in 2005, and since 2007 she has been living in Australia where she practices as a visual artist and also lectures in photography and fine art. Hoda is represented by Milani Gallery in Brisbane, Australia.

 

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. Her work is also part of numerous private and public collections including the National Gallery of Victoria, UQ Art Museum, Murdoch University Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia and Monash Gallery of Art. Throughout her career, Hoda has been shortlisted for many prestigious art awards, and in 2015 she won Australia’s National Photographic Portrait Prize and in 2018 won Bowness Photography Prize. She was also selected as one of the top eight young Australian artists to exhibit at Primavera 2018 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. Hoda is a member of ‘Eleven’, a new collective of contemporary Muslim Australian artists, curators and writers whose aim is to disrupt the current politics of representation and hegemonic discourses.

Tertiary Education

2011-2019: PhD candidate- Creative Arts, Curtin University of Technology, WA, Australia
2006: Bachelor of Fine Art (Photography) with First Class Honours- Azad University of Art and Architecture – Tehran, Iran


​Additional Professional Education

2009: Fine Art Diploma (Photography/Sculpture), Meadowbank TAFE College, Sydney, Australia
2007: Photojournalism Essential, UTS (University of Technology), Australian Centre for Independent Journalism, Sydney, Australia

 

Employment History

2019: Lecturer, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University

2013_Present: Lecturer, Photography Studies College, Melbourne, Australia

2011: Teaching Assistant/ Tutor (Sessional): Concepts in Contemporary Art, Curtin University of Technology, WA, Australia

2010: Teaching Assistant/ Tutor (Sessional): Historical Issues in Art and Design, Curtin University of Technology, WA, Australia

2009-2011: Photographer and Photography trainer, Viva Photography, Perth, Australia
2007- 2010: Freelance Photographer, Sydney, Australia

2005- 2006: Photojournalist, Hamvatan Newspaper, Tehran, Iran​

Solo Exhibitions

Current: 'Remain', Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia

Current: 'Remain', UQ Art Museum, Brisbane, Australia

2019: 'Remain', Mansions of the Future, Lincoln, UK

2019: 'Behold', Perth Centre for Contemporary Photography

2018: 'Behold', Mars Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2018: 'Behold, Horsham Regional Art Gallery in partnership with the Centre of Contemporary Photography, Horsham, Victoria

2017: 'Behold', Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia

2017: ‘In the exodus, I love you more’, Wallflower Photomedia Gallery, Mildura Art Centre, Australia

2016: ‘In the exodus, I love you more’, curated with Pippa Milne, Brightspace Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2016: 'Fables of Change', curated by Alasdair Foster,  'Month of Photography in Minsk'  an international festival of photography in Belarus 

2014: 'Under Western Eyes', Edmund Pearce Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2013: 'In-Between Spaces', curated by Alasdair Foster, Krasnodar Institute of Contemporary Art, PhotoVisa International Festival of Photography, Krasnodar, Russia

2012: 'In-Between Spaces', Edmund Pearce Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2011:  'In-Between Spaces', Pingyao International Photography Festival, China

2010: 'In-Between Spaces', Mori Gallery, Sydney, Australia

Group Exhibitions
Current: THE END/FUTURE OF HISTORY, Curated by Phuong Ngo, Presented with HYPHENATED PROJECTS as part of DUE WEST FESTIVAL, The Substation Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Current: 'REMEDY FOR RAGE', Women in Film and Photography, Objectifs, Singapore
Current: 'The Shouting Valley', Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckand, NZ
Current: 'CIVILIZATION: THE WAY WE LIVE NOW', National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

2019: Spring 1883-Sydney, guest artist, Sarah Scout Presents, Australia

2019: 'Eros', group exhibition, Foxjenssen Gallery, Sydney

2019: 'Beyond Place: Australian Contemporary Photography', Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego CA, USA

2019: 'National Anthem 2019', Buxton Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia

2019: 'Eyes on Australia', part of ‘Eyes on Main Street’ international photography festival, curated by Lucy Stranger, North Carolina, USA

2019: 'In Her Words', Curated by Olivia Poloni, Horsham Regional Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia

2019: A selection of Portraits from 'Remain' on the billboards of The SUBSTATION Gallery, presented by Hyphenated Projects, Melbourne, Australia

2019: 'Just not Australian', Artspace, Sydney

2018: 'PRIMAVERA 2018: Young Australian Artists', Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

2018: Curating ARTBAR November, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

2018: The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, HOTA, Gold Coast, Australia

2018: William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, Australia

2018: 'All We Can’t See: Illustrating the Nauru Files', Fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne
2018: 'The Inner Apartment', Nishi Gallery, Canberra, Australia
2018: LEGACY+… collecting contemporary Hoda Afshar | Pat Brassington | David Rosetzky, curated by Anouska Phizacklea, Monash Gallery of Art (MGA), Melbourne
2018: 'Khalas', Curated by Phillip George & Nur Shkembi, UNSW Galleries, Sydney, Australia
2018: The Art of Collecting, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia
2018: 'Waqt al tagheer: Time of Change', curated by Abdul-Rahman Abdullah & Nur Shkembi, ACE Open, Adelaide, Australia
2017: 'Photography & Place' slideshow, curated by Wawi Navarroza, Angkor Photo Festival, Cambodia
2017: William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, Australia

2017: A Whole Different Animal, curated by Ros Winkler, Brightspace Gallery, Melbourne

2017: 'The Witching Hour', Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia

2016: 'Instagram's #MyStoryAus exhibition, the voices of fifteen female storytellers in Australia, Melbourne

2016: Obscura Festival, ‘Belonging’, group exhibition of Australian photography, curated by Daniel Boetker-Smith, Penang, Malaysia

2016: Gaffa Photo Festival, ‘Victory’, curated by Christine McFetridge, Sydney, Australia

2016: Australian Photobook of the Year Awards, Photobook Melbourne, Boyd School Studios, Melbourne, Australia

2015: Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, Open Finalist,Gold Coast Art Centre, Queensland, Australia

2015: Notional Photographic Portrait Prize, Canberra, Australia

2014: ‘Double Vision’, curated by Konrad Winkler, Brightspace Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2013: Group exhibition, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2013: Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, open finalist, Gold Coast Art Centre, Queensland, Australia

2013: 'Mirror Mirror', curated by Linsey Gosper, Colour Factory Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2012: 'Sub One Thousand', Edmund Pearce Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2012: Group exhibition, Mori Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2012: Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, finalist, Bridge Street Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2012: 'Alight', Melody Smith Gallery, Perth, Australia
2011: 'Images of Rapid Change', Tink Tank, Curtin University (co-curator/ coordinator, participant), WA, Australia
2010: 'Uncover', PCP (Perth Centre For Photography), Perth, Australia
2010: 'Staffroom Show', Moores Building, Fremantle, Western Australia
2008: 'The Carnival', Mori Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2008: 'Greetings from Warburton': A group show of international and Aboriginal artists, Mori Gallery, Sydney, Australia

 

Collections

National Gallery of Victoria, UQ Art Museum, Murdoch University Art Collection, Deakin University Art Collection, Monash Gallery of Art, Art Gallery of Western Australia and numerous private art collections in Australia and outside including; Singapore, Paris, NYC, Berlin, NZ and Iran. 

Writings/Publications

2019: Beyond Human: A Conversation Between Hoda Afshar and Behrouz Boochani, commissioned essay, UN Magazine 13.1: 'We Got 'im'

2019: Guest artist for Overland Magazine, Issue 234

2018: Impossible Return by Hoda Afshar, Waqt al-tagheer: Time of Change, catalogue essay, published by ACE Open, Adelaide, Australia

2017: Visibility and Veiling by Hoda Afshar, Seen and Unseen: The Visual Culture of Imperialism, edited book by Sanaz Fotouhi and Esmail Zeini, published by Brill, Netherlands

2017: Reading the Arrival of Demons by Hoda Afshar, dɪˈvan | A Journal of Accounts, Issue #2, published by DIVAN JOURNAL and UNSW Art & Design, Sydney, Australia: https://www.artdesign.unsw.edu.au/about-us/divan-journal

2016: In the Exodus, I love you more: A conversation between Nikos Papastergiadis and Hoda Afshar, Exhibition Catalogue

2016: Max Pinckers – the world as stage of appearances by Hoda Afshar, Der Greif Artist Blog- Organization for Contemporary Photography, Augsburg, Germany: https://dergreif-online.de/artist-blog/max-pinckers-the-world-as-stage-of-appearances/

2016: Broken Reflections / images of Iranian martyrs by Hoda Afshar, Der Greif Artist Blog- Organization for Contemporary Photography, Augsburg, Germany: https://dergreif-online.de/artist-blog/broken-reflections-images-of-iranian-martyrs/

2016: “Close-up”. Abbas Kiarostami by Hoda Afshar, Der Greif Artist Blog- Organization for Contemporary Photography, Augsburg, Germany: https://dergreif-online.de/artist-blog/close-up-abbas-kiarostami/

2016: The Image as Evidence by Hoda Afshar, Der Greif Artist Blog- Organization for Contemporary Photography, Augsburg, Germany: https://dergreif-online.de/artist-blog/the-image-as-evidence/

2016: In the exodus, I love you more, Adventure Handbook online magazine, Australia http://theadventurehandbook.com/in-the-exodus-i-love-you-more/

Reviews/ Interviews/ Features

2019: Interview, Photoworks UK,  #4 Staged: https://photoworks.org.uk/4-staged-hoda-afshar/

2019: Remain featured on Firecracker: https://www.fire-cracker.org/2019/08/hoda-afshar/

2019: Featured on the cover and inside of The Monthly Magazine, July 2019, commissioned photoshoot

2019: Bronwyn Watson, review of 'Remain' at UQ Art Museum Subverting the idyllic with tales of desperationThe Australian

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/subscribe/news/1/?sourceCode=TAWEB_WRE170_a_GGL&dest=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.theaustralian.com.au%2Farts%2Freview%2Fsubverting-the-idyllic-with-tales-of-desperation%2Fnews-story%2F0c30136271c62e13a40bc7a331c6fb3b&memtype=anonymous&mode=premium&v21suffix=49-a

2019: Colin Pantall, Hoda Afshar, the individual, and their story, World Press Photo

https://witness.worldpressphoto.org/hoda-afshar-and-how-to-see-people-as-individuals-d50146ec92b3?fbclid=IwAR20n0LA2SqZxAOQ9Gvp5_2MyBzQvd2D7LtC5MKhUgw85tGuJkSYgZi4XGM

2019: PHMuseum, Featured as one of the 12 Women Photographers to Watch in 2019; https://phmuseum.com/news/12-women-photographers-to-watch-in-2019

2019: Karen Green, 'Pictures of A Thousand Silences', Curtin University; https://news.curtin.edu.au/stories/pictures-of-a-thousand-silences/

2019: In conversation with Omar Sakr, Liminal Magazine #86; https://www.liminalmag.com/interviews/hoda-afshar

2019: 'Untold Stories', an essay by Tai Mitsuki on 'Remain', featured in Vault Magazine, Issue 25

2018: Essay by Andy Butler on 'Remain' featured in Artguide Australia, Issue 117

2018: Interview/feature on AJ+, news and current events channel by Al Jazeera 

2018: Essay by Naomi Cass on 'Remain', Primavera 2018 catalogue 

2018: Primavera 2018 reviewed in Art Almanac by Eleanor Zeichner: https://www.art-almanac.com.au/primavera/

2018: Primavera 2018 reviewed by Andy Butler in The Monthly: https://www.themonthly.com.au/blog/andy-butler/2018/20/2018/1545269407/primavera-2018-young-australian-artists-mca

2018: Interview/Article on The Guardian, From Manus Island to Sanctions on Iran: the art and opinions of Hoda Afshar; https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/nov/13/from-manus-island-to-sanctions-on-iran-the-art-and-opinions-of-hoda-afshar?CMP=soc_568&fbclid=IwAR18rmsPixyxsn79DN0ze5s7TVytBiZmlpAgH0_yDDBEzKtPEcIr6VIi868

2018: Artist Profile, The Saturday Paper, Hoda Afshar's Lens on Manushttps://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/2018/11/10/hoda-afshars-lens-manus/15417684007107?fbclid=IwAR3AEkbvSwSFcgPUaonyclHhDpwpm-BFmMIGKFS_K47QyHWuXwtG364WM0I

2018: Featured on 'Cordite', a Journal of Literature, Art & Poetry: http://cordite.org.au/artworks/hoda-afshar/

2018: Interview on 3RRR Radio_SmartArts with Richard Watts

2018: Interview on ABC Radio National_The Hub on Art with Eddie Ayres, http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/the-hub-on-art/enough-khalas/9788564

2018: Interview & Feature, ABC News, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-04/australian-cricket-ball-tampering-scandal-inspires-artwork/9724970

2018: "Khalas' exhibition at UNSW Galleries, interview, SBS World Newshttps://www.sbs.com.au/news/australian-muslim-artists-say-enough

2018: 'Behold' series featured in The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2018/mar/28/the-hidden-lives-of-gay-men-in-the-middle-east-in-pictures?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Gmail

2018: Waqt al-tagheer: Time of Change reviewed by Cher Tan on Conversations-Runway: http://conversations.runway.org.au/conversations/time-communal-sovereignty/

2018: Waqt al-tagheer: Time of change by collective 'eleven' featured in Artforum as a Critics Pick, reviewed by Eugenio Viola: https://www.artforum.com/picks/time-change-74753 

2018: Waqt al-tagheer reviewed on Adelaide Review, by John Neylon, https://www.adelaidereview.com.au/festivals/adelaide-festival/ace-open-welcomes-patterns-change-waqt-al-tagheer/

2018: Review & feature, The Conversation, by Christine Judith Nicholls, https://theconversation.com/waqt-al-tagheer-time-of-change-explores-the-diversity-of-muslim-australian-identities-91916

2018: Interview & feature, Broadsheet Adelaide, by by Daniela Frangos, https://www.broadsheet.com.au/adelaide/art-and-design/article/time-change

2017: Published in Splash & Grab magazine, words by Clare Hewitt, Issue #4, London

2017: Featured in British Journal of Photography, interview/words by Daniel Boetker-Smith, Invisible World, Issue 7863, London

2017: Featured in Fisheye Photobook, Vol.1, Published by Be Contents, France

2017: Feature and Interview, Where About Now, online magazine of art and culture,  http://www.whereaboutnow.com/03_inTheExodus.html

2017: Featured on Aint-Bad magazine of photography, USA: https://www.aint-bad.com/article/2017/02/21/hoda-afshar/

2017: Interview by Guille Lasarte, PANTA: magazine of creative culture & activism, Issue 10, Berlin, Germany

2017: Featured on GUP magazine, Netherlands: http://www.gupmagazine.com/portfolios/hoda-afshar/in-the-exodus-i-love-you-more

2016: Featured on THISISPAPER online journal of design and photography, Poland: http://thisispaper.com/hoda-afshar-in-the-exodus-i-love-you-more-2/

2016: Featured on Der Greif- Organization for Contemporary Photography, Augsburg, Germany: https://dergreif-online.de/artist-feature/hoda-afshar/

2016: Featured and reviewed by Marina Trancosoon on Impressa Magazine: photography made by women, Berlin: http://www.impressamag.com/in-the-exodus-i-love-your-more-hoda-afshar/

2016: Interview and feature on Fisheye online journal of photography, France https://www.fisheyemagazine.fr/2016/09/25/dans-la-semaine-de-fisheye-du-19-au-25-septembre/

2016: Featured on iGNANT online journal of art and photography, Berlin http://www.ignant.de/2016/09/05/in-the-exodus-i-love-you-more-by-hoda-afshar/

2016: Featured on Adventure Handbook online magazine, Australia http://theadventurehandbook.com/in-the-exodus-i-love-you-more/

2016: Der Greif Magazine, Issue #9, Germany

2016: Common Ground Journal, Interview by Anita Tota, Issue 5, Home Sweet Home, http://www.commongroundjournal.com/issues/#/issue-five/

2015: Clans, a publication by Fields Magazine, Berlin, Germany

2014: Interview/Review Written by Alison Stieven-Taylor, ‘Hoda Afshar/Under Western Eyes’, L’Oeil de la Photographie Magazine, http://www.loeildelaphotographie.com/2014/04/28/exhibition/24760/hoda-afshar-under-western-eyes

2014: Dr. Marcus Bunyan, Review: ‘Hoda Afshar/ Under Western Eyes’ at Edmund Pearce Gallery, Art Blart,

http://artblart.com/2014/04/13/review-hoda-afshar-under-western-eyes-at-edmund-pearce-gallery-melbourne/

2013: Alasdair Foster, "IN SEARCH OF PARADISE", Featured Artist, Cultural Development Consulting, http://culturaldevelopmentconsulting.com/2013/04/30/7992/ 

2013: Emil Canita interviews Hoda Afshar, Lucida  Queensland Centre for Photography's online journal, http://lucidamagazine.com/?p=1785

2012: BETA - Developments in Photography Online Journal, Issue 02http://beta.org.au/

2012: 'The Carnival', Light Journeys Gallery: exhibiting women photographers of Australia

2012: Maya Rose Chauhan interviews Hoda Afshar, Grok Magazine, Issue #4

2011: Simon Cox, "Notes on the 'Alight' Exhibition", Catalogue essay, Melody Smith Gallery, Perth, Australia, http://melodysmithgallery.com/Portals/2/docs/Alight%20Catalogue%20200412%20(3).pdf

2011: Darren Jorgensen, "Diverse Art of Identity", The West Australian, Saturday 14th April

Competition Judging

2018: National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia

2017: CCP Salon Photography Prize, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia

2017: Maggie Diaz Photography Prize for Women, Melbourne, Australia

2015: United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Award, Photojournalism and Online categories, Australia

2015: Newcastle Photographic Portrait Prize, Australia

Conferences/ Public Speeches

2019: Sir John Monash Lecture 2019: Panel Discussion with Hoda Afshar, Kon Karapanagiotidis, Arnold Zable, Monash Gallery of Art

2019: Panel: Art, Politics and Agency, in conversation with Archie Barry, Hoang Tran Nguyen and Steven Rhall, chaired by Andy Butler, Buxton Contemporary

2019: Water: Interdisciplinary public forum, Hoda Afshar in conversation with Dr Claire Loughnan | Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne

2019: Perspectives: Hoda Afshar, Unmaking Images: Image-making and representation, ACE Open, Guildhouse and The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, University of South Australia, Adelaide 

2019: Vault Magazine issue 25 launch at ACCA (Australian Centre for Contemporary Art); Contemporary Art in the Political Present: in conversation with Angela Tiatia, Hoda Afshar and Dr Danny Butt

2019: Presenter (in conversation with Behrouz Boochani) at Newkind 2019_an annual conference on social justice and sustainability in Hobart, Tasmania

2018: In conversation with Behrouz Boochani, Fortyfivedownstairs Gallery, Melbourne  

2018: 'Art, Identity and the Everyday Business of Changing the World', panel discussion, UNSW Art & Design Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2018: 'Waqt al-tagheer: Time of Change', panel discussion, ACE Open, Adelaide, Australia

2017: La Colonie (Sud), Kader Attia – Roundtable Symposium, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne

2016: 'To Tell a Story', National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia 

2015: 'Imagining Iran: Contemporary Iranian image-makers', Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, Australia

2015: 'Collecting Photography', Photobook Melbourne Festival, Photography Studies College, Melbourne Australia

2014: ‘The Image Makers Seminar: Iran Bazaar’, Photography Studies College, Melbourne, Australia 

2013: 'Veiling: A Site of Resistance or an Exotic Commodity', Ballarat International Foto Biennale Symposium: "Contesting Identities, Narratives and the Self",  Ballarat, Australia

2010: Images of Rapid Change', The Bureau of Ideas: “Art and the Aesthetics of Protest”, The Bakery (Artrage), WA, Australia

Workshops 
2019: Teach Yourself Exile, in collaboration with Adam Broomberg at Made Labs, Sicily, Italy
2019: The Image as Poem, in collaboration with the poet and artist Daniele Pantano, Mansions of the Future, Lincoln, UK
2018: The Image as Evidence, Masterclass at Centre for Contemporary Photography,Melbourne, Australia
2018: New Documentary Photography, Masterclass at Horsham Gallery, Victoria, Australia
2017: New Documentary Form: the image as evidence, Masterclass at Centre for Contemporary Photography,Melbourne, Australia
2016: Photographing Iran tour, organised by Photography Studies College, Iran
 
Awards and Grants

2019: Career Development Grant, Australian Council for the Arts

2019: Prix Prictet, The global award in photography and sustainability, Nominee

2019: Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture, Finalist

208: William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, Sotheby's Australia People's Choice Award, Winner

2018: The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, Finalist

208: William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, Winner

2018: Shortlisted for Young Artist Award, Melbourne Art Foundation

2017: William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, Finalist

2017: Foam Paul Huf Award, Nominee 

2016: The Pool Grant, Finalist

2016: Australian Photobook of the Year Awards, Finalist

2015: Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, Finalist

2015: Notional Photographic Portrait Prize, Winner

2013: Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, Finalist

2012: Moran Contemporary Photographic Prizes, Finalist

2011: Australian Postgraduate Award, Office of Research and Development/ Curtin University of Technology

2011: Artflight grant, Department of Culture and the Arts, WA, Australia
2006: Winner of a prize and acknowledgment from the Third Kaveh Golestan Documentary Photography Award, Tehran, Iran
2006: Winner of ‘World Press Photo’ Educational Training Programme Contest, Tehran, Iran