Lovers of Apadana

A new collection of work by Bita Ghezelayagh

6 October - 5 December 2018


Leighton House Museum presents The Lovers of Apadana, a new collection of work by international acclaimed artist, Bita Ghezelayagh. 


Lovers of Apadana, Bita GhezelayaghBita uses traditional textiles to explore universal themes of love and war whilst also paying attention to the small dissonances that colour our everyday lives.


Her work is influenced by traditional Iranian arts, especially feltmaking, which she believes is lost in contemporary Iran and one that through her practice, she aims to preserve.


In this latest body of work, she deploys her trademark textiles of velvet, silk, felt and carpet fragments, in masterful and inventive ways, transforming them into abstract shapes and courting lovers. 




Lovers of Apadana (detail), handmade velvet, carpet, silk embroidery


Bita Ghezelayagh was born in Florence, Italy in 1966 and now lives in London. In 1984, she went to Paris to study architecture at the Ecole Nationale Superiore d'Architecture de Paris La Villette, where she received an MA. She then went to Tehran in 1994, to work in building restoration for the Association of Iranian Calligraphers in Tehran. She has also worked as an art director of three notable Iranian films, including The Pear Tree (Derakhte Golabi) by Dariush Mehrjui.


The ingredients of Ghezelayagh’s work may be Middle Eastern, but the flavours are universal and understandable to all. Bita's international appeal is demonstrated by the breadth of institutions that hold her work in their permanent collections, including the British Museum, the Jameel Foundation in Saudi Arabia, the Farjam Foundation in Dubai, the Devi Art Foundation in Delhi and the Lajeverdi Foundation in Tehran.


ARTIST'S TALKS on Monday 12 and Friday 23 November 2018, 7-8pm; doors open at 6:30pm



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