Within the one million square meter grounds, the Oscar Niemeyer-designed structures rise above the low buildings surrounding the complex – a sweeping arch, overlooking an outdoor theater, a massive dome, designed to be a convention center, an elevated concrete water tank, which was meant to have a panoramic restaurant situated on the top, there are 20,000 meter square of enclosed space and an additional 20,000 of open space adjacent to it. A total of 15 buildings make up the Fair, and all of them today remain empty, some still incomplete.
The 40 Knots House is a building in a middle-class neighbourhood of Tehran designed by Alireza Mashhadi Mirza and Habiba Madjabi. The facade of the building features an intricate and uniform brick surface, which has been layered and knotted similarly to wool
A moment with Baghdad-based artist, Zahraa Al-Baghdadi.
The Iranian-British-American film director, screenwriter and university professor Tina Gharavi is currently making a gangster film about Iranian women in 1980s Paris. She speaks to Brownbook on collective amnesia, the lack of empathetic storytelling, and why she relocated to Newcastle, UK.
Tunisian water engineer Amine Draoui left the city behind for a life in sync with nature. Now, Draoui’s life is perfectly synchronised with nature’s rhythm. ‘I start my day with the sun,’ he says. ‘I’m bound by it and can’t sleep longer because when it rises all the animals demand their breakfast.’
Contemporary artist, Kamrooz Aram, talks about the influence of Middle Eastern patterns and aesthetics, the relationship between objects and its space, and the way galleries can stimulate an emotional experience.
Growing up searching for his own voice, Manilow Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Omar Kholeif talks about how geography and personal experience drive his passion and practice. This project was made possible by tje Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Shaweesh, a Saudi-based artist and creative director, embraces change as a he strives to create new narratives in Saudi Arabia
Visit the former Prime Minister of Belize, who talks about life in his humble Caribbean country and a hitchhiking journey to Palestine in the 1960s