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Sara Kamalvand

The Invisible Monument

ISBN
978-600-5268-42-3
Print-run
Limited edition of 200 numbered copies
Published in
Bon—Gah, 2020
Editing
Sara Kamalvand, Sonia Berger
Printed
Artes Gráficas Palermo
Graphic design
Jaime Narváez (La Troupe)
Pre-press
La Troupe Lab

The Invisible Monument shows the process of an anachronic reading of Tehran using underground layers of an abandoned irrigation network to reveal the capital’s contemporary nature and needs. As a graphic novel, the book retraces the history of Tehran since its Zoroastrian beginnings by shedding light on how an infrastructure has the capacity to shape thoughts and space through time. Out of the necessity to inhabit the desert, an anthropogenic landscape shaped by underground water sources and astronomical cycles gave emergence to the enclosed garden as one of the oldest art forms.

In her projects, Iranian architect and artist Sara Kamalvand addresses issues such as climate change, resource depletion and pollution footprint through heritage, conservation and memory.