Iranian photographer and visual artist, Hoda Afshar, started her career as a documentary photographer in 2005. Since then she has been exhibiting in major photography festivals such as Pingyao in China or Photovisa in Russia. With her ongoing series ‘In the exodus, I love you more’ Hoda leads us into her homeland Iran, 8 years after her migration.
“This work is about Iran, my Iran, and my relationship to Iran: a relationship that has been shaped by my having been away; by that distance that increases the nearness of all the things to which the memory clings, and which renders the familiar… strange, and distant. It is an attempt to embrace that distance and to turn it into a kind of seeing. To let what is both there and not there shine through the surface. To let the surface speak. It is an attempt to explore the interplay of presence and absence, and to discover the truth that lies there, in-between…”