MARS Gallery will soon be hosting a solo exhibition by Hoda Afshar, titled "Behold," featuring a collection of works from the artist's 2015 series by the same name. The series was created unexpectedly and without design.
"I was travelling in a city that I sometimes return to, and I got to know a group of gay men. There, where they live, these men (and many others like them) are mostly left to be. But only on the condition that they lead one part of their lives in secret. Rarely, that is, do their bodies ever meet in open honesty outside, in public. Only here, in this bathhouse, where their desire to be seen and embraced by others — just to be and to be held — is played out in the partial openness of these four closed walls," said Hoda Afshar.
Afshar captures a bunch of these men who played themselves performing their lives for his camera, "in order that their desire to be seen might be realized." In her works, Hoda reflects on issues related to the politics of representation, gender, and displacement, aiming to open lines of communication in a world both homogenized by global economy and unsettled by mass migration.
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 is currently pursuing a Ph.D. 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. Hoda's photography 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 and Monash Gallery of Art. Hoda has been shortlisted for many prestigious art awards throughout her career and in 2015 she won Australia’s National Photographic Portrait Prize. Hoda is also 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.
The exhibition will be on view through June 23, 2018 at MARS Gallery, 7 James Street, Windsor, Melbourne, 3181, Australia.
For details visit: https://marsgallery.com.au
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the artworks.
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