The Ferris wheel turns when the wind blows


  • 07.11 > 19.11.2022
  • 19.07 > 25.07.2021

My research is prac­ti­ce-based and focu­ses on the rela­ti­ons­hips bet­ween urban infra­struc­tu­res in their actu­a­li­ty and the soci­o­po­li­ti­cal his­to­ry they car­ry within their struc­tu­re. With each pro­ject within this research I put a par­ti­cu­lar archi­tec­tu­ral ele­ment at the cen­ter of a nar­ra­ti­ve per­for­man­ce. In the­se per­for­man­ces I try to make a nar­ra­ti­ve com­pound based on both his­to­ric docu­men­ta­ti­on acces­si­ble in archi­ves and the ongo­ing flow of the infra­struc­tu­re’s spa­ce in con­tem­po­ra­ry, eve­ry­day life.

I work a lot with archi­ves, old pho­tos of the city, blue prints, maps, local tes­ti­mo­nies, etc. I then allow the data to get modi­fied as the sto­ries are being sha­ped. Blurring the line bet­ween fact and fic­ti­on is what ena­bles me to draw new nar­ra­ti­ves from this urban fabric. 

It’s about ques­ti­o­ning the rela­ti­ons­hips bet­ween and within his­to­ri­cal events, and about dis­co­ve­ring small acti­ons that can sha­ke the sta­bi­li­ty of archi­tec­tu­ral ele­ments that favour oppres­si­on. These subt­le coun­ter-acti­ons are rather devel­o­ped through poe­try and ima­gi­na­ti­on than through ana­ly­sis of institutionalised.

In The Ferris wheel turns when the wind blows’ I want to intro­du­ce you to the pri­va­te pro­per­ty of a his­to­ri­cal figu­re. This par­ti­cu­lar plot of land is loca­ted in the Evin neigh­bor­hood that stret­ches from the north­west of Tehran to the foot of the Alborz mountains. 

Dramaturgical advi­ce: Maarten Van den Bussche

With spe­ci­al thanks to: Myriam Van Imschoot, Samah Hijawi