A mixed-media event exploring contemporary anxieties emerging from the modern, but also ancient, phenomena of refugee-ism and migration. Mansions of the Future (24th & 25th April 2019).
This event will combine an immersive exhibition including works by Hoda Afshar, a multi-award winning photographic artist living in Melbourne, and readings from Behrouz Boochani’s memoir, No Friend but the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison, which recounts the author’s experience of detention on Manus Island in Australia. The book was awarded the non-fiction prize and overall best book prize at Australia’s highly prestigious Premier of Victoria literary awards ceremony just last month.
Boochani is a Kurdish journalist, human rights defender, poet and film producer, who is currently being detained indefinitely on Manus Island. His memoir bridges activism and art, offering a searing political critique of Australia’s immigration policies, as well as a personal and poetic mediation on the experiences of refugee-ism and indefinite detention.
At the event, professional actors will read from Boochani’s memoir, and Hoda Afshar will exhibit photographs and films reflecting on the lives of refugees like Boochani detained on Manus Island. Afshar’s work explores the nature and possibilities of documentary image-making. Working across photography and moving images, the Melbourne-based artist considers the representation of gender, marginality and displacement, and merges aspects of conceptual, staged and documentary photography.
A commissioned piece of music by Lincoln-based composer Simon Le Boggitt will launch on 24th April, and Omid Tofighian will speak about the process of translating Boochani’s text into English on 25th April.
24 April – 1 July: Remain by Hoda Afshar
24 April, 10am – 11.15am: Behrouz Boochani Artist Talk
24 April & 25 April, 10am – 12 noon & 2pm – 4pm: Readings from No Friend but the Mountains (Boochani 2018)
24 April & 25 April, 1pm – 2pm: Composition
24 April, 5 – 6pm: Hoda Afshar Artist Talk
25 April, 12pm – 1pm: Meet the Translator
25 April, 5pm – 7pm: Film Screenings & Discussion
Please visit our Twitter (@migrationandart), Facebook page (fb.me/migrationandart) or the ‘Events’ section of website (http://dorothyproject.stephaniedonald.info) for more information.
You can also find booking links via the Mansions of the Future website (https://mansionsofthefuture.org/whats-on).