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Hoda Ashfar: A Curve is a Broken Line

13 February 2024 – 15 June 2024

Hoda Ashfar solo exhibition


Narrated by Isobel Parker Philip, exhibition curator and Director, Curatorial and Collection at the National Portrait Gallery

UQ Art Museum is proud to announce the critically acclaimed solo exhibition of artist Hoda Afshar. Following its landmark showing at Art Gallery of New South Wales, Hoda Afshar: A Curve is Broken Line tours exclusively to UQ Art Museum, inviting audiences to witness the innovative and unflinching photo-media practice by the Iranian-born, Melbourne-based Afshar.


Showcasing photographic and moving image pieces spanning the last decade alongside newly commissioned works, this extensive exhibition offers insight into the artist's precise critical voice and delves into the political dimensions of artistic practice. This first major exhibition of Afshar’s work reveals poignant and timely dialogue within her practice, with the amassed artworks collectively speaking to the influential nature of images and their coercive potential.

Exhibition curator, Isobel Parker Philip said:


‘Hoda Afshar’s work is both deeply researched and poetically resonant and can be seen as a form of activism as much as an artistic inquiry.


‘Hoda’s approach is unique in that she makes us contend with brutality, not through blunt imagery but through evocation. Her work is anchored in compassion yet also radical in the way it wrestles with injustice.’

‘Hoda’s photographs and videos are emotionally embroiled in the world they depict. It is this fact that makes a survey of her work both compelling and timely.’

UQ Art Museum Director Peta Rake said it is a great privilege to present Hoda Afshar: A Curve is a Broken to Queensland audiences. 

‘To be able to share Afshar’s unflinching body of work with Queensland audiences reflects the core mission of our Museum. Hoda’s work speaks to some of the most challenging contemporary issues facing us globally, and her capacity to invite audiences into these critical conversations is nuanced and crucial.’

Hoda Afshar: A Curve is a Broken Line includes a body of work commissioned for the exhibition, titled In turn 2023, which is a series of large-scale photographs depicting Iranian women who, like Afshar, live in Australia and have watched, from afar, the women-led Iranian uprising that began in September 2022. Presented less than two years on from the uprising, the portrait series is something of an elegy, speaking to their shared grief and their shared hope. 

Among the most recognisable works featured in the exhibition, is Behrouz Boochani – Manus Island 2018, from Afshar’s pivotal series Remain 2018, which comprises a suite of photographs and video, the latter of which was acquired by UQ Art Museum in 2018. 

UQAM Director Peta Rake explains: ‘The precision and poignancy of Afshar’s work has been evident throughout her career, with UQ Art Museum first acquiring her consequential film Remain in 2018.’ Made on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea with a group of stateless asylum seekers, the video and photographs of Remain serve as testimony to the lived impact of Australia’s border protection policy.

The exhibition is accompanied by a publication, Hoda Afshar: A Curve is a Broken Line (RRP $65) featuring new writing by curator Isobel Parker Philip and writers including Hala Alyan, Elyas Alavi, Behrouz Boochani, Andrew Brooks and Astrid Lorange (working as the duo Snack Syndicate), Taous Dahmani, Shahram Khosravi and Sarah Sentilles.


Audio label coming soon

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