Giving Yesterday a Tomorrow ...

Iran: Architecture and Art

Instant Past at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – Venice Biennale 2014, view of installation; © ifa/Lenz
Instant Past at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – Venice
Biennale 2014, view of installation
© ifa/Lenz

Instant Past

"Instant Past" forms the section on architecture for our exhibition. It is an update of the presentation made for the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, curated by Azadeh Mashayekhi, Ali Farivar Sadri, Shabnam Hosseini and Brendan Cormier, organised by Diba Tensile Architecture."Instant Past" examines different buildings during processes of modernisation in Iran within the last century, when a process of its recreation and reinterpretation of historical heritage was initiated. A video by Khosro Salarin and Sina Ahmadi juxtaposes "images of two formal idioms, Persian and modern". Old bowls from ceramic water pipes are woven together in a net to form an installation that combines traditional elements and contemporary patterns. On timeline buildings from three periods are presented – the First Pahlavi (1925–1941), the Second Pahlavi (1942–1979), and the period following the Islamic Revolution (1979 – present). For each period, buildings and sites are identified as representing a quality of "instant past".

Mehraneh Atashi, In – Out, Videostill, 2013; © Mehraneh Atashi
Dadbeh Bassir, Untitled (Tehran Series), Polyptych, Light Box, 2005–2014; © Dadbeh Bassir, Courtesy of the Artist, Aaran Gallery (Tehran) & La Caja Blanca (Palma de Mallorca)
Mona Hakimi-Schüler, A Short Path between Holy Shrine and Bazaar, Installation, 2013; © Mona Hakimi-Schüler, Photo: M. Klaus
Instant Past at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – Venice Biennale 2014, view of installation; © ifa/Lenz