Speak the wind | Author: Hoda Afshar

On the islands of the Strait of Hormuz, near the southern coast of Iran, there is a belief that the winds - generally believed to be harmful - can possess a person, causing them to experience illness or disease. As part of a ritual placating the winds’ harmful effects, the islands’ inhabitants practice a ceremony involving incense, music and movement, in which a hereditary cult leader speaks with the wind through the afflicted patient in order to negotiate its exit.

When artist Hoda Afshar first visited the islands in 2015, she found herself drawn not only to these distinctive customs practiced by its inhabitants but also to its otherworldly landscapes — the strange valleys and statue-like mountains, themselves sculpted by the wind over many millennia. Through a nuanced approach in which traditional modes of documentary photography are challenged, Speak the Wind is an attempt to picture the unseeable; a visible record of the invisible, seen through the eye of the imagination.

Softcover
26.5 x 20cm
168 pages


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