ICF’s DIASPORA PAVILION 2: LONDON
presented in partnership with BLOCK 336
featuring ANDREW PIERRE HART & MOHAMMAD BARRANGI

Image 1: Mohammad Barrangi, The Mythical Creatures of Eden (2021) Installation view Diaspora Pavilion 2: London (2022).
Image 2: Andrew Pierre Hart, Brixtonians and Mums (both 2022) both oil on canvas 140x230cm. Installation view Diaspora Pavilion 2: London (2022).

12 February – 12 March 2022
Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm
Block 336, 336 Brixton Road, London SW9 7AA

Exhibition Opening, 11 February 2022

Diaspora Pavilion 2: London presents two new, site-specific, solo installations by artists Andrew Pierre Hart and Mohammad Barrangi.

The exhibition is the second presentation in a series of peripatetic events culminating in ICF’s Diaspora Pavilion 2 (DP2) project. This trans-national, collaborative project advances ICF’s engagement with diaspora as a critical concept following the first Diaspora Pavilion during the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017. DP2 interrogates and complicates the term diaspora across various curatorial formats as part of an ongoing mapping of the rich and complex material cultures, mythologies, alternative histories and re-imagined landscapes that are born from the distinct and yet shared reality of belonging to a diaspora.

For Diaspora Pavilion 2: London, Andrew Pierre Hart has transformed Gallery 2 with the installation genre pain -ting ; An Ode to Brixton. Responding to Brixton, where Block 336 is based, the work is a part imagined and part physical experience; informed by Hart’s research in the area. Hart has created a vibrant re-conceptualisation of painting through his expanded engagement with sound, still and moving image, performance, text, light and sculpture. The work offers opportunities to gather and contemplate, and it fosters a call and response with Brixton’s Afro-Caribbean community.

Mohammad Barrangi has produced five, mural-scale works, using his signature paper transfer technique, that fill the walls of Gallery 1. The works in The Mystical Creatures of Eden combine Persian calligraphy and motifs with scenes of nature from Barrangi’s birthplace, Iran. Significant female figures from his life and animals are reimagined for the other-worldly landscapes he creates. Barrangi has developed a visual language which moves across time and place and is a direct response to his experience of the world.

Both artists have used this exhibition as an opportunity to think independently about storytelling and mark making as profoundly personal expressions that have the capacity to speak to the collective experience of diaspora. They re-compose the world as they experience it, layering characters, cultural references and memories, and generating a growing diasporic language. Their defiance of the parameters of printmaking and painting, and their embrace of the natural world and improvisation, are emblematic of the ways in which cultural cross-fertilisation can lead to a restructuring of what exists. This embrace of imagination and transformation takes root in Diaspora Pavilion 2 at Block 336, where Hart and Barrangi breathe new life into real and imagined communities.

Image 1: Andrew Pierre Hart, Sketches: Reference – Ernie, Joy, Hurvin, Kerry (2022) mixed media installation. Installation view Diaspora Pavilion 2: London (2022).
Image 2: Mohammad Barrangi, The Mythical Creatures of Eden (2021) Installation view Diaspora Pavilion 2: London (2022).

EXHIBITION ESSAYS

The rhythm of diasporic language in the works of Mohammad Barrangi and Andrew Pierre Hart 
By Jessica Taylor 
Disorderly Pronouncements
By Orsod Malik

PUBLIC PROGRAMME

Lyrics full of culture – Screening Event
5 March 2022, 5-7 pm at Block 336 
Facilitated by Andrew Pierre Hart
Featuring David Lisbon, Steloolive, Emily Downe, Hongrui Liu, Kirtis Clarke, Elijah Maja and Roxanne Simone 

Bass an Place – Sound & Performance Event 
12 March 2022, 6-7:30 pm at Block 336
Facilitated by Andrew Pierre Hart
Featuring Andrew Pierre Hart, Ibrahim Cisse, Kamile Ofoeme, Remer Cier, Vasiliki Papapostolou and Shabaka Hutchings. 

Sound & Drawing Workshop
8 March at Block 336
Led by Andrew Pierre Hart
In partnership with Raw Material

Drawing & Collage Workshop 
16 February at Block 336
Led by Mohammad Barrangi 
In partnership with Share Community and Equalities Work

ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES

Andrew Pierre Hart lives and works in London. He explores the symbiotic relationship between sound and painting through ongoing rhythmic research and play between improvised and spontaneous generative processes. His practice questions the many formalities and dialogues around painting. His work explores somatic responses to ideas relating to sound, including but not limited to acoustic levitation, spatialisation, the human as a vessel of sound and the creation of physical and theoretical space. Deeply influenced by music, Hart’s work is a renegotiation of the visual language and legacies of Western abstraction, probing connections between the phenomena, language and representation of sound in painting. Recent exhibitions include: Mixing It Up: Painting Today, Hayward Gallery, London (2021); The Listening Sweet, Tiwani Contemporary, London (2021); and Run the Box, A Solo Show by Andrew Hart, Guts Gallery, London (2020). Hart holds a MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art (2019) and BA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Arts (2017). He is a recipient of the ArtAngel Thinking Time Award (2020) and Tiffany & Co. x Outset Studiomakers Prize (2019).

Mohammad Barrangi was born in the northern Iranian city of Rasht. He started drawing and illustrating at age 13 and majored in graphic design at the Islamic Azad University of Tonekabon, after which he moved into book illustration and printmaking. Barrangi moved in the UK and undertook a MA at the Royal Drawing School in 2019. Barrangi’s work combines elements of calligraphy, storytelling, text and touches of humour. Born without the use of his left arm, Barrangi has developed a unique process of making large murals, as well as smaller works on paper, that feature layered cultural references and personal imagery. Barrangi has works in the collections of the British Museum and the San Diego Museum of Art. He has exhibited internationally, in cities like London, Edinburgh, Los Angeles, Paris and Dubai. Recent exhibitions include: Anything Is Possible: Mohammad Barrangi, Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh (2022); The Conference of the Birds, Advocartsy, Los Angeles (2020-1); The Drawing Year 2019-20 End of Year Exhibition, Royal Drawing School, London (2021). Barrangi also represented Iran internationally in the 100m sprint as a Paralympian.

Image 1: Mohammad Barrangi, The Mythical Creatures of Eden (2021). Installation Diaspora Pavilion 2: London (2022).
Image 2: Andrew Pierre Hart, This is a dedication… (2022) oil on canvas 140x230cm and mixed media elements. Installation Diaspora Pavilion 2: London (2022).

ABOUT BLOCK 336
Block 336 is an artist-run project space, studio provider and UK registered charity that was founded in 2011. Its core purpose is to support artists by providing time, space and support to develop ambitious projects. Block 336 encourages artists to make new, site-specific work that they may not be able to realise elsewhere. It offers artists the freedom to experiment and push the limits of their studio practice and delivers a public programme of talks, workshops, performances and tours, aiming to expand creative exchange and dialogue around contemporary art.

Since 2012, Block 336 has worked with local organisations focused on disability, mental health and young people, hosting collaborative educational projects and events for their staff, service users and the general public. They have developed partnerships with Artquest, BCA, Black Thrive, Brixton Inclusive, Carers’ Hub Lambeth, Certitude, Creative Future, Lambeth College, Lambeth & Southwark Mind and the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

ICF’s Diaspora Pavilion 2: London presented in partnership with Block 336 is made possible with support from Art Fund and Arts Council England