MAZIAR MORADI: ICH WERDE DEUTSCH (I BECOME GERMAN)

Sat 19 Aug – Sun 17 Sep 2017

Q & A JULIAN BURNSIDE AO QC & MAZIAR MORADI

SAT 9 SEP 2017 @ 2-4PM

POST OFFICE GALLERY

FREE BUT SPACES ARE LIMITED  

REGISTER HERE: https://ballaratfoto.org/events/maziar-moradi/

Join us for this very special event with BIFB ambassador and human rights/refugee advocate Julian Burnside AO QC with Maziar Moradi at the Post Office Gallery.

Julian Burnside AO QC is known for his staunch opposition to the mandatory detention of asylum seekers, and has provided legal counsel in a wide variety of high-profile cases. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2009, for service as a human rights advocate, particularly for refugees and asylum seekers, to the arts as a patron and fundraiser, and to the law. Born in Tehran in 1975, Maziar Moradi is an award-winning photographer living in Berlin who has exhibited extensively throughout Europe and the US. His work is at once personal and political, focusing on the individual circumstances of immigrants and refugees but also painting an overall picture of the face of immigration and change.

Ich Werde Deutsch (I become German) pictures young people who were forced to leave their countries to start a new life as immigrants in Germany, as well as those who were born in Germany but have grown up under influence of their family's cultural background. The work is based on the impressions, fears, experiences, fates and losses of the young immigrants, by focusing on the individual circumstances of their lives.

Maziar Moradi uses staged photographic portraits as the framework to capture and visualise their stories. He lets the immigrants re-enact key scenes of personal developments, dramatic experiences or turning points in their lives and thereby letting the individuals become the actors in their own narratives. Through drama, wit and humour these stories of personal experiences tell about the protagonists' great effort to become "German" and to establish a new life in a foreign country.

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Showing as part of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale

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Image: Maziar Moradi, Without Title, 2008, Fine Art Print, 100 x 125cm. Courtesy the artist.