[Free, Exhibitions, Indoor, Australian Exclusive]
19 February 2021 - 7 March 2021
Cnr Flinders St/Swanston St, Melbourne
Room 11/12, Level 4, Nicholas Building
37 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Wed – Sat, 12 – 5pm
Due to lockdown restrictions delaying installation of this exhibition, Agonistes will now open on 19 February
In her PHOTO 2021 commission Agonistes, Tehran-born, Melbourne-based visual artist Hoda Afshar explores the experiences of people who have spoken out. Combining new and old photographic techniques, Afshar creates images that reflect the experiences of whistleblowers who have voiced harms and misconducts being perpetrated in Australian institutions today.
Acts of whistleblowing aimed at calling attention to alleged wrongdoing or misconduct continue to make headlines around the world. But despite the introduction of policies meant to protect them, the efforts of whistleblowers in Australia are increasingly being undermined by gag orders, policing, and other forms of control–efforts to silence those who have spoken out, and to discourage anyone who might think to.
Whether whistleblowing on matters to do with the military, intelligence services, 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.
The accompanying film can be viewed at Missing Persons Wed – Sat, 12 – 5pm. Screenings every half hour. Advance booking recommended.
Commissioned by Photo Australia for PHOTO 2021
Supported by the City of Melbourne, Mark Henry, and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria