Hoda Afshar and Hannah Darabi are Iranian artists working in Australia and France, respectively
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Episode 47: This conversation was begun with an intent to introduce two great Iranian artists to one another. Both Hannah and Hoda had known of each other’s work before my involvement, of course. However, I was able to bring everyone together for a general talk about the state of the world today through the lens of the artworld, activism and photography.
I am very interested in hearing opinions about making work and the political interpretations of the moment from outside of my own experience. With Hannah and Hoda, I was able to have a lively and open discussion about Iran, America, Australia and many other topics that border these geographies that we find ourselves in.
This episode was also the first time in which I had three parties involved. The program that I use is an audio only format, so I had been slightly dubious as to whether or not a conversation between more than two parties would work. Around a table, these conversations are completely normal. In an audio room where you cannot read each other’s face for the rhythm of who will speak next, it had the potential to become chaotic, which we managed to avoid. I think a large part of that is due to everyone’s ability to listen and to allow their respective moment to work in tandem with the whole conversation in a circular round robin manner.
I want to thank both of the artists for their time and deep insight into politics and art. It is a very casual conversation, but I like it for that very nature. We tap into the many topics that fuel our interests and our own practices and I think these casual conversations offer something humane and of the moment that is not always captured in a one to one conversation about an artists work and practice.