Sugar CUBES

KWP production

Residencies

  • 31.01 > 03.02.2024

In 1895, the first indu­stri­al sugar refi­ne­ry ope­ned in Iran, the Kahrizak sugar fac­to­ry near Tehran. It was built in col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with Belgian indu­stri­a­lists about half a cen­tu­ry after the esta­blish­ment of the Raffinerie Tirlemontoise in Tienen, the fac­to­ry that would popu­la­ri­ze the sugar cube worldwide.

Anno 2024, the Kahrizak fac­to­ry is a ruin and recog­ni­sed as a his­to­ri­cal heri­ta­ge site, the epi­to­me of ear­ly-indu­stri­al Persian archi­tec­tu­re. Now a mul­ti­na­ti­o­nal cor­po­ra­ti­on, the Tienen fac­to­ry made its owner the richest Belgian.

Through archi­tec­tu­ral research, visu­al arts, and a per­for­ma­ti­ve nar­ra­ti­ve prac­ti­ce, artist Sana Ghobbeh explo­res the soci­al-eco­no­mic fabric of the­se sites. What web reveals itself when you col­lu­de poli­ti­cal his­to­ry, eve­ry­day obser­va­ti­ons, eco­no­mic rea­li­ty, and per­so­nal sto­ries? In her mul­ti-year research pro­ject Performing Spaces — an explo­ra­ti­on on urban struc­tu­res and their inner-nar­ra­ti­ves, Sana Ghobbeh maps the nuan­ced inter­ac­ti­ons bet­ween archi­tec­tu­ral infra­struc­tu­re, urban fabric and socie­tal shifts.

Concept & per­for­man­ce: Sana Ghobbeh I Dramaturgy: Maarten Vandenbussche I Mentors: Myriam Van Imschoot, Samah Hijawi, Jelena Juresa, Sepideh Karami I Audiovisual col­la­bo­ra­ti­on: Kayvan Mirhadi, Sepandi Saedi, Dan Gvinda I Production: Kunstenwerk­plaats I Coproduction: Beursschouwburg, wpZimmer, Monty, Kunsthal Gent, Kunsthal Extra City I With the sup­port of BUDA, the Flemish Government and VGC.