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Hoda Afshar in conversation with Shoair Mavlian at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London

The V&A Parasol Foundation Women in Photography project presents the first in a series of artist conversations, emphasising its commitment to supporting female practitioners and championing contemporary photography.

Join artist Hoda Afshar in conversation on her photographic practice and interests in migration and diasporic culture; themes which are explored in her new publication Speak The Wind (MACK, 2021).  Journeying through the Strait of Hormuz off the southern coast of Iran, Afshar encounters the Zār— a spirit-wind that possesses peoples’ bodies, according to local beliefs. Through her extraordinary landscapes, the people, and their rituals, Afshar attempts to picture the wind and its psychic entanglements, forming a visible record of the invisible. Afshar, an Iranian artist now living and working in Australia, will be in dialogue with Shoair Mavlian, Director of Photoworks, an international arts platform providing opportunities for artists and audiences since 1995, and the only organisation with a national remit for photography in England.


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