Maral Mamaghanizadeh


Artist Statement

I am a Deaf Iranian artist, using British Sign Language. I explore the barriers I encounter in everyday life; being female, Deaf and a refugee. I gained an MA in jewellery and silversmithing from the School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University 2017. After completing my MA I became a political refugee as my work,  ‘The Tale of Tresses’ directly challenged the patriarchal society in Iran. I have now been granted permanent residency in UK. I  successfully applied for a 1 year residency (2017 – 2018) at Grand Union. In March 2018 I was selected for Talente Munich Award, at Polyphonous: Counterpoint exhibition in Munich. In June 2018, I presented a short performance art piece “Politics of Voice” at Soapboxes & Riceboxes; I played with the immediate judgements people make of migrants and showed audiences the sign for Iran. I revealed the difficulty migrants have with communication, this work was part of Migrant Festival at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham. In July 2018 I lead a workshop for adults at IKON Gallery called Making Knots. In August 2018 I took part in Punch Records Gallery 37 for young artists; leading a series of interventions in silence at Centralia Gallery to highlight one of the barriers I face as a profoundly deaf artist.

In 2018/19 I received Arts Council Project Grant for ‘If you want to be alive…read my lips.’ To R&D making ceramic ‘over-ear’ jewellery with Bone china artist & expert Chris Wight. He supported the process by providing tuition about the material and fired the bone china in his studio. I collaborated with sound designer Chris Bartholomew to develop my understanding of the material from a hearing perspective. I successfully applied to Autograph’s open call out for Deaf and disabled artists to present “…Read my lips” in their galleries in 2019/20.

Tales of Tressess

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Her facebook post on Deaf explorer reached over 435 people! gaining 5 shares across the deaf explorer network. Watch this space!