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‘Speak The Wind captures the islands’ beauty and mysticism — silvery black-sand beaches, jagged salt mountains and hulking rock formations in shades of pink and fiery red — alongside drawings sketched by the islanders.’ – Financial Times
‘This new book takes the reader on a breathtaking journey to the islands of the Strait of Hormuz ... Afshar takes profound care and a multi-layered approach.’ – Elephant
On the islands in the Strait of Hormuz, off the southern coast of Iran, there is a common belief that the winds can possess a person, bringing illness and disease. The existence of similar convictions in some African countries suggests that the cult may have been brought to Iran from southeast Africa through the Arab slave trade. This history is rarely spoken about but these winds and the traces they have left on the islands and their inhabitants are the touchstone for Hoda Afshar's Speak The Wind. Through her subtle and perceptive images of the extraordinary landscapes, the people and their rituals, Afshar's beautiful and complex book attempts to picture the wind and its psychic entanglements, to form a visible record of the invisible.
Hoda Afshar is a Melbourne-based artist and scholar whose photographic practice straddles the line between staged image and reality. Born in Iran, Afshar, who won the 2015 National Portrait Prize and the 2018 Bowness Photography Prize, explores the image as a means for presenting new narratives.
Speak The Wind｜Hoda Afshar｜ISBN 978-1-913620-18-9｜22 x 26.5 cm｜168 pages｜OTA bound paperback with flaps｜Language: English｜Published by MACK｜Jun 2021