City as a Collective Memory

Arriving in Montreal and strolling through its neighborhoods, I started photographing back alleys with no name where people abandon their personal belongings for someone else’s use. Printed on a photography paper, and in order to create double exposure, I added a layer of transparent plexiglas on top, on which the images of imaginary urban spaces of my home town Tehran is printed.  Here, the urban landscape of Tehran bears witness to the struggle between politics, history, and place making. I look intothe role of memory and imagination through the lens of architecture, as means of representing the collective memory, which stands in contrast with the very notion of history i.e. a city.

 

2010
Ink-Jet print on photography paper and plexiglas

127 x 127 cm