Mohammad Barrangi: Anything is Possible at Edinburgh Printmakers is a new solo exhibition by the Iranian artist whose work combines elements of Persian calligraphy, storytelling and elements of Western paintings. Using contemporary printmaking techniques and traditional, hand-made paper practices, Barrangi emulates ancient manuscripts in colour and texture.
Born without the use of his left arm, Barrangi works on the floor and uses his feet to steady his work while he is cutting or printing. Reflecting his own experience as an artist with a disability, his works often show images of people with lost limbs or other disabilities. For the first time his fantastical characters will be brought to life as life-size, free-standing forms. Barrangi is also a medal-winning international athlete, having represented Iran as a sprinter in the Paralympics. He is the first artist in residence at Edinburgh Printmakers as part of a new, pan-European project, In from the Margins, funded by Creative Europe which will see art organisations on the periphery of Europe identify as Studios of Sanctuary and offer residency opportunities to refugees and artists affected by migration, bringing such artists into mainstream programming.