Image: Hoda Afshar, [Agonistes (still)] 2020, 1-channel digital video, colour, sound. Courtesy and © the artist and
Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

Image: Hoda Afshar, Agonistes (still) 2020, 1-channel digital video, colour, sound. Courtesy and © the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

Trailer released for Hoda Afshar’s new work Agonistes


Watch the trailer for Hoda Afshar's powerful PHOTO 2021 commission, Agonistes.

Using the medium of photography and film, Agonistes explores the experiences of nine whistleblowers who have spoken out about harm, misconduct and injustices perpetrated in a range of Australian institutions. Whether whistleblowing on matters to do with the military, Secret Intelligence Service, immigration detention, youth detention, or aged and disability care, Afshar’s subjects have spoken out for those whose voices were never meant to be heard.


Visit Agonistes at PHOTO 2021


Credits for Agonistes

Director: Hoda Afshar

Cinematographer: James Wright

Editor: James Wright and Hoda Afshar

Researcher: Claire Loughnan

Colourist: Peter Hatzipavlis

Composer: Alexandra Spence

Sound Mix: Duane Morrison

Script editors: Hoda Afshar and Anna Zagala

3D designer: Mark Ruff

Agonistes is commissioned by Photo Australia for PHOTO 2021 and is supported by the City of Melbourne, Mark Henry, and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.


Agonistes will be presented at St Pauls Cathedral, Melbourne and Missing Persons from 18 February to 7 March 2021.

Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

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