Mapping Home

In this project, I reworked the images/drawings of twelve lost places in Tehran. I can never visit these buildings again where I lived in once (as my homes) because they all were demolished and replaced with new buildings. In each drawing, I made an effort to remember the place from memory and to map the architectural plane relying on imaginations. However, as soon as one tries to recall a place, the memories begin to build some fictional/imaginary geographies that fail to resemble the actual place.

“My body remember who am I and where I am located in the world. Architecture articulates the experiences of being-in-the world and strengthens our sense of reality and self; it does not make us inhabit worlds of mere fabrication and fantasy. In memorable experiences of architecture, space, matter and time fuse into one singular dimension, into the basic substance of being, that penetrates our consciousness. We identify ourselves with this space, this place, this moment, and these dimensions become ingredients of our very existence. Architecture is the art of reconciliation between ourselves and the world.” (Juhani Pallasmaa)


This piece was exhibited in Arrival-Departure, through 2 June – 6 June 2014 in Aula Gallery, University of Arts, Poznan, Poland.

2019 © Maryam Muliaee