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Mohammad Barrangi Exhibition: ‘One Night, One Dream, Life in the Lighthouse’

Event information

Date: 1 May 2024 - 20 July 2024

Cost: FREE

Venue: The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds Parkinson Building Woodhouse Lane Leeds LS2 9JT

Type: Exhibition

A major new Smeaton300 X University Of Leeds commission at Stanley And Audrey Burton Gallery by Leeds-based Iranian artist Mohammad Barrangi exploring notions of home, childhood and migration.

‘One Night, One Dream, Life in the Lighthouse’ brings Barrangi’s unique and inventive printmaking process together with sculpture, installation and sound. The artist weaves a dreamlike universe from childhood memories and Persian mythology, revolving around the story of a young Iranian girl’s arrival on the English coast, and contemplating his personal experiences of migration and disability.

His latest body of work incorporates themes and motifs discovered during his recent residency in the University’s Special Collections, with sources ranging from Persian calligraphy and Middle Eastern textiles and manuscripts to European scientific illustrations. Through a wealth of symbols and narratives, Barrangi’s work suggests notions of freedom, memory, community and identity, calling for greater worldwide, cross-cultural understanding.

A song from the north of Iran ushers the visitor into an all-enveloping world of the imagination. The girl’s ‘talismanic dress’ is the subject of an extraordinary series of prints, and a large structure based on a minbar, a pulpit for delivering sermons in mosques, is completely adorned with Barrangi’s designs. A door at its entrance “seems to lead to another world”. Its dome resembles a lighthouse, reflecting the work of John Smeaton, the UK’s first civil engineer, who was born and died in Leeds, and whose tricentenary is marked across the city this year with a programme of events by Foxglove.

In collaboration with The Highrise Project, and as part of the Galleries’ ‘Welcoming Migrants’ initiative, the exhibition features a collective digital artwork made by a group of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants living in Leeds which responds to Barrangi’s artwork.

A group of student volunteers have also produced an online audio project that records personal experiences of migration alongside poetry selected from Special Collections.

The exhibition is curated by Dr Laura Claveria, Exhibitions Curator at Leeds University Library Galleries. Sign up here to join us for the exhibition preview on Tuesday 30 April.

For more information and opening times visit Leeds University Galleries

Smeaton300 is a Foxglove project by Abby Dix-Mason and Jane Earnshaw. Smeaton300 x University Of Leeds is a Foxglove partnership led by the Cultural Institute and the School Of Civil Engineering.