Mina Heydari-Waite, Studio tests, August 2021 (photo Jassy Earl)

Mina Heydari-Waite, Studio tests, August 2021 (photo Jassy Earl)

Mina Heydari-Waite
In sleep it made itself
present to them

Satellites Programme


2 Oct 2021 — 21 Nov 2021  


Collective is delighted to present a new installation by Glasgow-based artist Mina Heydari-Waite. Building on discourse around Iranian diasporic identity, Mina invites viewers into a new immersive set. Composed of sculptural objects and a sound work, this installation creates a dreamscape that holds the audience in a conversation about ritual sites, moments of rupture and Social Dreaming.

In sleep it made itself present to them translates the embellished architecture of Persepolis – an ancient city in modern Iran rich in cultural meaning and ambiguity - into a digital space, rendering it flat and geometric. Processing the elaborate motifs of Persepolis through graphics programmes, Mina prepares them as a CNC-machined, flat-packed kit.

An integrated sound work is made in collaboration with sound artist Claude Nouk and reconstructs fragments of conversation with Mina’s mother, Hamideh Heydari-Waite, a psychotherapist and anthropology researcher based in London. Their conversation explores and expands on ‘Social Dreaming’, a practice that distinguishes dreams from the dreamer and explores their possibility to uncover wider collective meanings. In this exhibition, Persepolis itself becomes an emblem of this collective mode of dreaming.

Find out more about the exhibition in the information which accompanies the exhibition here and in a new essay by researcher and writer Hussein Mitha, Reworking the world’s past from the very beginning, here

*** Entry is free (donations requested) and there is no need to pre-book ***

Mina Heydari-Waite is an Iranian-British artist based in Glasgow. Central to her artistic practice is an interest in the reciprocal relationships between places and communities, their histories and their emergent futures.

Satellites Programme is Collective’s development programme for emergent practitioners based in Scotland. Satellites aims to support diverse practitioners to produce a new commission and a critical development programme of critical of retreats, workshops, studio visits and group discussions, public exhibitions, events and publishing. Practitioners are selected from an open submission by a new panel each year. The 2021 participants are Stephanie Black-Daniels, Mina Heydari-Waite, Katherine Ka Yi Liu 廖加怡, Joey Simons and Camara Taylor.