Mohammad Barrangi: Playing in Wonderland

29 October 2022 – 5 March 2023, Gallery 1
Attenborough Arts Centre is excited to be launching ‘Playing in Wonderland,’ a colourful and dynamic new exhibition by Mohammad Barrangi.
Mohammad Barrangi standing on a lader working on art work, on a free-standing piece of wood.
A sculpture of a upright zebra in the middle of a pool of water, with print colourful backgrounds behind it and a wooden house covered in paintings.
Mohammad Barrangi holding up a black and white sculpture, with bright coloured walls behind him.
Come and experience Barrangi’s imaginative and colourful world in which creatures and characters emerge from walls, plinths and other spaces. A fusion of modern and traditional, Barrangi’s artworks are inspired by ancient Persian storytelling while utilising cutting-edge 3-D printing technology to create unique visual narratives.

Playing in Wonderland has been developed by Mohammad Barrangi in situ over a three week period and during this time aspects of Mohammad’s work have gained a greater significance due to the current events in Iran. As well as celebrating the colours and fairgrounds of Iran, his exhibition celebrates women, the natural world, freedom and human rights. Mohammad Barrangi invites visitors to step into his unique and playful imagination, and to find connection with each other in moments of reflection.

Gather around unique sculptures of mythical animals, creatures and characters which emerge from walls, plinths and other spaces. A fusion of modern and traditional, Barrangi’s artworks are inspired by ancient Persian storytelling while utilising cutting-edge 3-D printing technology to create unique visual narratives.
Born in Rasht, Iran, without full mobility in his left arm, Mohammad has developed an artistic practice which utilises his right hand and both feet to create his unique artworks.

His work combines traditional calligraphy with more experimental mark making, combining elements such as Persian calligraphy, storytelling, and text with touches of both seriousness and humour.

“I create images that come from my soul and feelings in which I show part of my homeland. I try to invite the audience to visit Iran by looking at my artwork and getting familiar with my process of thinking.”

Outside shot of Gallery 1, including the courtyard.

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