2019 Darkroom Dinner Auction Items
Portrait of Behrouz Boochani #2 2018
pigment-ink-jet print 20.0 x 16.5 cm
courtesy of the artist
edition: 1/7 + 2APs
estimate: $1100 – $1300
Hoda Afshar (1983– ) is a Melbourne based artist born in Tehran, Iran. She completed a Bachelor degree in Fine Art – Photography in Tehran and is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Arts at Curtin University. She works as a lecturer in photography at Photography Studies College, Melbourne. Afshar is an MGA Collection artist and 2018 Bowness Photography Prize winner.
Afshar began her career as an artist in 2005 and was selected in 2006 as one of the top ten young documentary photographers in Iran by World Press Photo to attend their educational training program. Since moving to Australia in 2007 her work has been widely exhibited both locally and internationally and published online and in print. Her photographic practice pushes boundaries between conceptual, staged and documentary photography, and often reflects on issues related to representation, displacement, gender and identity politics.
She has been shortlisted for many prestigious art awards including winning the National Photographic Portrait Prize in 2015 held by Australia’s, National Portrait Gallery and in 2018 Afshar won the Bowness Photography Prize and the Sotheby’s Australia People’s Choice Award with a portrait of Behrouz Boochani. Behrouz is a Kurdish-Iranian journalist, writer and filmmaker. He fled Iran in 2013 seeking asylum, and arrived on the shores of Australia on his 30th birthday – four days after the Rudd Government announced its offshore detention plan.
The work to be auctioned is of Behrouz Boochani striking a similar pose as in the Bowness Photography Prize winning work. It is imbued with the same intensity – a compelling and powerful image that speaks to his experience as a refugee on Manus Island, a story he has told in his own words in the 2019 Victorian premier’s literary award winning work No friend but the mountains.