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In darkness, the banner did shine like a sun, and gave warmth and hope to the hearts of all people.


In darkness, the banner did shine like a sun, and gave warmth and hope to the hearts of all people.

Mojgan Habibi


Opening 06.03.19 6-8pm
Artist Talks 28.03.19 6-7pm


Mogjan Habibi’s artistic practice explores the relationship between ceramics, text and censorship, unearthing hidden meaning. Habibi’s practices references calligraphy, poetry and mythology of her country of birth, Iran, culminating in sculptural forms and installations that participate in nuanced international political discourse. 

In this exhibition In darkness, the banner did shine like a sun, and gave warmth and hope to the hearts of all people, Habibi presents two installations, Burning Libraries and Kaveh the Blacksmith. The two works are not linked in a formal sense rather they speak to a universal dialogue concerning the impact of censorship on artistic production in Iran and beyond.

Dr. Mojgan Habibi, born 1978 in Iran, is a contemporary Iranian Australian Artist; she completed her PhD in Fine Art at the University of Newcastle in 2018 and is a casual lecturer at the University of Newcastle. In 2019  Habibi is a resident artist at Waverley Artist Studios, she is the recipient of Redgate Residency, China, and Hillend, NSW. Mogjan Habibi is the recipient of a 2019 NAVA NSW Artist Grant to support this exhibition at firstdraft.

 Image: Mojgan Habibi, Burning Libries, 2015-2018