Remain was made in collaboration with several of the men who still remain on Manus Island, PNG, six or more years after they left their homelands to seek asylum in Australia, but instead were sent to languish in the remote offshore detention centre. Comprising still and moving images, voice recordings and text, the work involves these men retelling their individual and shared stories through staged images, words, and poetry, and bearing witness to life in the Manus camps: from the death friends and dreams of freedom, to the strange air of beauty, boredom, and violence that surrounds them on the island.
Hoda Afshar, Remain (still), 2018. 1-channel digital video, 24 minutes, colour, sound. Image courtesy and © the artist
Hoda Afshar (born 1983, Tehran. Iran) Lives and works in Melbourne. She is a visual artist and also lectures in photography and fine art. Hoda’s work has been widely exhibited locally and internationally and published online and in print. Her work is also part of numerous private and public collections. Through her work, she explores the nature and possibilities of documentary image-making. Working across photography and moving-image, she considers the representation of gender, marginality and displacement. Recent exhibitions include Remain, UQ Museum of Art in Brisbane (2019), Beyond Place Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego CA, USA (2019), Primavera 2018, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and Waqt al tagheer: Time of Change, ACE Open, Adelaide (2018). In 2015, she received the National Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery and in 2018 won Bowness Photography Prize, Monash Gallery of Art, Australia.