Speak the Wind, a solo exhibition of new work by Hoda Afshar, one of Australia’s most intriguing photographic artists will open at the Monash Gallery of Art on 2 April, 2022.














Image: © Hoda AFSHAR Untitled  2015–20 from the series Speak the Wind courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery (Brisbane) 

Hoda Afshar’s new body of work Speak the Wind , which has its global premiere at the Monash Gallery of Art, is presented as part of MGA’s Luminaries series of exhibitions and an official exhibition of PHOTO 2022 International Festival of Photography (photo.org.au). Although now based in Melbourne, the artist returned to her homeland, to make work on the islands of the southern coast of Iran, in the Strait of Hormuz, where winds have shaped land masses and tides have brought an ancient and complex group of people together. On these islands, there is a commonly held belief that a wind, known as Zār, can possess a person, and can equally be exorcised from them through an intense ceremony of dance and music.  The exhibition includes portraiture, landscape and video installations to depict the rituals and lives that play out within the area. It will run until 26 June, 2022.

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