Cities shape and reflect their social, political and cultural environments in their material presence. Construction sites and partially demolished buildings which are inseparable parts of Tehran’s landscape, reference an instinctive, sometimes manic and desperate need to alter, to control, to build, to create and to destroy— procedures which can also be found in people’s movements and behavior in cities. In Knitted Camps, the series which I have been working on from 2012, I appropriate these gestures (building, creating, occupying, destroying and rebuilding) to knit maps of my lived experiences in Tehran.
As I left Tehran I departed from using photos as references of my works, and referred to my memories. My image of Tehran have changed from still frames to non-linear, abstract sequences of roaming within a city. In the process of making works, knitting marks, like writing on the margins allow me to explore and reflect on my ever-changing relation with my hometown which is informed by the interactions with the city and the people; from encountering a construction block while driving to marching with people in the streets. The kind of relationship and experiences which I believe I share with a larger group of people from cities with similar history and space.