FARHAD AHRARNIA: STITCHED
LEIGHTON HOUSE MUSEUM, LONDON
13 AUGUST–6 SEPTEMBER 2008
"Stitched" is the first solo exhibition in London by Farhad Ahrarnia, an Iranian artist born in Shiraz and now based in Britain. It includes recent works in a range of media, including photography, embroidery on canvas and video.
Ahrarnia works with images of celebrities, Iranian royalty and international current affairs (such as the Bradford Riots suspects or American soldiers who died in Baghdad) taken from print and online media. He digitally prints the images onto cotton Aida and painstakingly embroiders the surface with colourful threads. Each image is testimony to the many different aspects of contemporary Middle Eastern turmoil.