Sana Ghobbeh is an Iranian-born artist and art researcher based in Brussels. The fusion of architectural reading, interpersonal storytelling and imaginary evocation of a public space in the mind of the spectator is what she aims to explore. Her works comprise an interaction with particular architectural elements where a performer engages with the disrupted urban space and transforms it into an evolving context of engagement. Hence, new narratives are suggested as the modes of the practice while they follow and create moments of interruption simultaneously. The works are reflections upon the urban infrastructures and their sociopolitical features. The semi-fictional narratives, which are partly visualized by concurrently transforming installations, offer flashbacks to major social events. Sana studied Architecture in Tehran and received a master’s degree in Fine Arts in Sweden. She worked as a research assistant at Umeå university of Architecture 2013 – 2015.
In her residency at Kunstenwerkplaats, Sana works on her long term research “Performing Spaces — an exploration on urban structures and their inner-narratives”. In this research Sana asks how to evoke a diasporic urban space and how to tell the story of interaction between bodies and infrastructures. Which words and voices best describe the physical experiences of these bodies, and how can an artist translate the wonders of spatial intervention into a poetic script for performance?