Farhad Ahrarnia was born in 1971 in Shiraz, Iran and graduated in Experimental and Documentary Film Theory and Practice from the Northern Media School, Sheffield Hallam University, England (1992-1997). He lives and works between Sheffield and Shiraz.
Recent solo shows include “Canary in a Coal Mine” at Rose Issa Projects, London (2012); “Stitched” with Rose Issa Projects at Leighton House Museum, London (2008); and “Home” at Bessie Sertees House, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead (both 2004-05).
Recent group shows include "Open Your Eyes", Rose Issa Projects, London (2014); "Embroideremania", Hinterland Kunzt Art for Vienna Art Week (2013); "Bringing the War Home", Winchester School of Art (2013); "The Beginning of Thinking is Geometric", Maraya Art centre-Barjeel foundation, Sharjah (2013); "Aks: pictorial representations from Iran", Rose Issa Projects, London (2012); "Cometogether", edge of Arabia, London (2012); “Migrasophia”, at the Maraya Contemporary Art Centre in Sharjah, UAE (2012); “Quotations from Daily Life”, 6th Tashkent Biennale of Contemporary Art (2011); “Zendegi: Twelve Contemporary Iranian Artists”, Rose Issa Projects at the Beirut Exhibition Center (2011); the touring exhibition “Bringing the War Home”, Impressions Gallery, Bradford (2010-12); “Balla Drama”, Paradise Row Gallery (2009); “A Picture of Us”, Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield (2009); “Magic of Persia”, Royal College of Art, London (2009); “Connect” at the Cartwright Hall Gallery, Bradford, Sheffield Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and Documenta XII, Kassel, Germany (2007); “Prelude”, at the Cartwright Hall Gallery, Bradford (2006); and “Palace & Mosque: Islamic Arts from the Victoria & Albert Museum” at the Millennium Galleries, Sheffield (2006).
His work also featured in the touring exhibitions “Art Textiles 3” (Suffolk, Scotland, and Nottinghamshire; 2004) and “Art of The Stitch” (London, Liverpool, The Netherlands; 2004). Prior to 2004, his work was on display in “Transformations” at the Manchester Museum (2003); “One Landscape Many Views”, commissioned by the Culture Company, Bradford Council and Art Council England at the Cartwright Hall Museum, Bradford (2002); and the touring exhibition “Tone: Photography and New Media”, supported by The Art Council England at Opera North, Leeds and Impressions Gallery, York (2001).
His work is in the public collections of the Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford; Harewood House, Leeds; and the British Museum, London.