Iran – of Land, Sea and Ritual
You might recognise Dominic Xavier from behind the bar of some of Brisbane’s best watering holes. He’s been a bartender at Cobbler and Finney Isles and currently works at Melbourne’s Bar Liberty, but he also spends a good whack of his time behind a camera.
Over the last five years, Xavier has been pursuing his passion for photojournalism and storytelling overseas. The result is Iran – of land, sea and ritual, a photo series that aims to interrogate Western assumptions about Iran and, more broadly, the Middle East.
“Personal acquaintance has long been the solvent of traditional prejudice,” Xavier says in his statement of intention for the project, which will briefly be on display at the West End’s Vacant Gallery in May. It showcases the diversity of Iran’s landscape and intimately connects viewers with the routines and minutiae of its subjects’ lives.
The exhibition opens Friday May 3, with a party from 6pm to 9pm, and can be viewed from 10am to 5pm on Saturday May 4 and Sunday May 5.