on New Documentary Form: the image as evidence
Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September 2018, 10am–4pm
The documentary image: by embracing its reality as a fiction—by announcing its own presence—what it becomes is a sign. A sign that traces its own history. An evidence.
In this workshop, Hoda Afshar will draw on her experience as both a documentary and art photographer, as well as a researcher and teacher to explore questions about the nature and possibilities of documentary image-making today. Reflecting on her own concerns with the communicative and world-making power of art and photographs, Hoda will guide participants through her process of constructing narrative-based work that is both conceptually focused and personal, and which intersects the usual lines between ‘staged’ and documentary photography. Held over two sessions one day apart, attendees will be encouraged to bring their own work to the second session for a round table discussion. Hoda will provide individual advice about developing a visual language that reflects the thematic concern of each student’s work, and above all, about constructing an image series, as opposed to the traditional way of ‘saying everything in one photograph’.
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 completing a PhD in Creative Arts at Curtin University now. 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, Murdoch University Art Collection 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. Through her art practice, Hoda reflects on issues related to the politics of representation, gender and displacement. Her work aims to open lines of communication in a world both homogenized by global economy and unsettled by mass migration.
Image: Hoda Afshar from the series Behold 2015, courtesy the artist.