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Farhad Ahrarnia Biography

Farhad Ahrarnia is an Iranian-British artist, based in Shiraz and Sheffield. He adopts and draws knowledge from an extensive variety of craft making techniques relevant to his localities. Through a rigorous methodology of citing art historical references, particularly those of Saqqakhana (a movement from the 1960's where the then contemporary artists tapped into Iranian Popular Culture, traditional craft amd Persian artefacts), Russian Constructivism and Surrealism, he continues to dissect and re-articulate the spirit and experience of modernity and modernism in contexts other than exclusively Western. Thus entangling, twisting, complicating and interrupting the established art historical categories, narratives and dichotomies.

Farhad Ahrarnia Featured Artworks

Nasim, no.1 by Farhad Ahrarnia contemporary artwork print
Farhad AhrarniaNasim, no.1, 2018–2020Digital print heat-transferred onto cotton aida, hand embroidery, cotton and silk thread and needles
21 x 41.5 cm
Lawrie Shabibi Contact Gallery
The Dig by Farhad Ahrarnia contemporary artwork sculpture
Farhad AhrarniaThe Dig, 2018Silver plated copper
41.5 x 22.5 cm
Lawrie Shabibi Contact Gallery
Man and the Sea by Farhad Ahrarnia contemporary artwork mixed media
Farhad AhrarniaMan and the Sea, 2015Khatam (Persian micro-mosaic)
42.5 x 42.5 x 3 cm
Lawrie Shabibi Contact Gallery
Memory of Sun by Farhad Ahrarnia contemporary artwork sculpture, mixed media
Farhad AhrarniaMemory of Sun, 2018Khatam (Persian micro-mosaic of brass, bone and wood)
51 x 41.3 x 3 cm
Lawrie Shabibi Contact Gallery
La Femme Du Bazar, no. 7 by Farhad Ahrarnia contemporary artwork sculpture
Farhad AhrarniaLa Femme Du Bazar, no. 7, 2015Hand embroidery and sequins on heat-transferred montage onto cotton
93.2 x 63.2 cm
Lawrie Shabibi Contact Gallery
La Femme Du Bazar, no. 12 by Farhad Ahrarnia contemporary artwork sculpture, photography, print, mixed media
Farhad AhrarniaLa Femme Du Bazar, no. 12, 2015Hand embroidery and sequins on heat-transferred montage onto cotton
93.2 x 63.2 cm
Lawrie Shabibi Contact Gallery
Boko Haram no. 5 by Farhad Ahrarnia contemporary artwork sculpture, print
Farhad AhrarniaBoko Haram no. 5, 2016Digital print heat-transferred onto cotton aida, hand embroidery, cotton and silk thread and needles
35 x 25.5 cm
Lawrie Shabibi Contact Gallery
He and No One Other by Farhad Ahrarnia contemporary artwork print
Farhad AhrarniaHe and No One Other, 2016Digital print heat-transferred onto cotton aida, hand embroidery, cotton, silk and metallic thread and needles
41 x 22.5 cm
Lawrie Shabibi Contact Gallery

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