Hoda Afshar is a photographer, who was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. Hoda received her BA degree in Fine Art Photography from University of Tehran, after what she decided to move to Melbourne, Australia, where she has been living ever since.
Besides working as a visual artist, Hoda is also a lecturer at Melbourne Photography Studies College. Presented photo series, In the Exodus, I love you more is a personal project Hoda created to visualize the relationship she has with her homeland.
This relationship has been strongly shaped by the distance created by moving away. Although, the artist currently lives in a completely different country, the distance paradoxically increases the nearness of all the things to which the memory clings, and which renders the familiar, strange and veiled. "In the exodus, I love you more is an attempt to embrace that distance and to turn it into a kind of seeing. To let what is both there and not there shine through the surface. To let the surface speak. It is an attempt to explore the interplay of presence and absence in the history of Iran and in Iranians’ lives, and to discover the truth that lies there in their never-ending meeting, in-between,” shared her thoughts Hoda.