Talk: One Vast Library Panel Discussion

19 May 2022
unnamed Victorian State Rivers and Water Supply Commission photographer, [Dust storm, Red Cliffs, in the summer of 1938-39]. Courtesy State Library Victoria.

unnamed Victorian State Rivers and Water Supply Commission photographer, Dust storm, Red Cliffs, in the summer of 1938-39. Courtesy State Library Victoria.


19 May 2022

Thursday, 3-4pm (AEST)

Join us for a panel discussion presented on the opening day of A Diachronic Wind, the first exhibition in the One Vast Library program. Participants will reflect on the influence of atmosphere and time on their artistic and curatorial work, providing connections to the accompanying exhibition.

Curated by Tim Riley Walsh and presented at MADA Gallery, Monash University, Caulfield Campus, A Diachronic Wind presents the work of predominantly photographic, performance and video-based practitioners to examine art’s capacity to engage with the changing qualities of the atmosphere in an era of dramatic anthropogenic emission.

Speakers: Hoda Afshar, Tara McDowell, Hayley Millar Baker, and Tim Riley Walsh

Venue: MADA Gallery, Monash University, Building D, Caulfield East VIC 3145


  • Hoda Afshar (IR/AU)

    Born 1982, Tehran, Iran
    Lives and works Melbourne, Australia

    Born in Tehran, Iran, visual artist and lecturer in photography and fine art Hoda Afshar lives and works in Melbourne. Exploring the possibilities of documentary image-making and representations of gender, marginality and displacement, Afshar pairs photography with the moving-image.

    Exhibiting and publishing her work locally and internationally, Afshar’s work is also included in many private and public collections. Her exhibitions include Remain, UQ Museum of Art in Brisbane, Beyond Place, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego CA, USA , Primavera 2018, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, and Waqt al tagheer: Time of Change, ACE Open, Adelaide. In 2015, she received the National Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, and in 2018 she won the Bowness Photography Prize, Monash Gallery of Art, Australia.

  • Tara McDowell

    Tara McDowell is Associate Professor and Founding Director of Curatorial Practice at Monash University. She lectures and publishes widely, and has held curatorial appointments at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. She received a Ph.D. in the History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley. Her recent books include The Householders: Robert Duncan and Jess, published by MIT Press in 2019, and The Artist As, published by Sternberg Press in 2018.

  • Hayley Millar Baker (Gunditjmara, Djabwurrung, AU)

    Hayley Millar Baker is a First Nations artist (Gunditjmara, Djabwurrung), born in Melbourne, Australia (1990) and an exhibiting artist within A Diachronic Wind, the first exhibition in the One Vast Library program. Millar Baker completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (2010) and Master of Fine Arts (2017) at RMIT University in Melbourne. Through examining the role our identities play in translating and conveying our experiences, the artist works across photography, collage, and film to interrogate and abstract autobiographical narratives and themes relating to her own identity. Her works are held in significant public collections across Australia and have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Prominent exhibitions and festivals include the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Primavera: Young Australian Artists (2018); the International Ballarat Foto Biennale (2017);Tarnanthi (2017); PHOTO 2021 (2021); and a new commission for the 4th National Indigenous Art Triennial at the National Gallery of Australia (2022). Millar Baker is currently the 2022 Artist-in-residence at Monash University Prato, Italy.

  • Tim Riley Walsh

    Tim Riley Walsh is a curator, art historian and writer based in Naarm Melbourne. Tim is currently Curator, Gertrude, and for 2022 is Curator in Residence at MADA Gallery, where he is curating the One Vast Library program. Recent projects include the exhibition and publication On Fire: Climate and Crisis (2021, Institute of Modern Art and Gertrude Contemporary) and the AAANZ and MAPDA award winning edited volume Gordon Bennett: Selected Writings (2020, Power Publications and Griffith University Art Museum). Tim is Australia Desk Editor for ArtAsiaPacific, Hong Kong and has previously worked at Milani Gallery, Brisbane; Camden Arts Centre, London; and the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. He is a founding member of Kink, a collective developing a publicly accessible database cataloguing a history of queer Australian art.

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Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
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