AMIR HARIRI

  • AMIR HARIRI
  • How do certain visceral qualities of urban decay influence our experiences, memories
    and, ultimately, our sense of history? To try and answer these questions, I use a multi-
    disciplinary approach to study specific locations purely through the opacity of distant
    and fragmented recollections; an attempt to record the subconscious impressions
    seemingly ignored spaces leave on us. Formally, my studies delve into the relationship
    between physical decay and deconstructive abstraction. By studying synthetic systems
    under duress, I try to showcase the interplay between geometric rigidity and the
    organic authenticity of decomposition.
    Having been exposed to revolution and war as a teenager in Iran, my childhood
    encounters with death and destruction have allowed me to draw parallels between
    building deconstruction and the despair, yet resiliency, of their exiled inhabitants.
    These moments, which span fluidly from demolition to renovation, form the foundation
    of my imagined dwellings. My goal is to help awaken a new appreciation for
    forgotten spaces. By blurring the boundaries between progress and ruin, I am making
    an observation regarding the misguided inevitability of evolution. This post-futurist
    viewpoint is a corollary to the idealist mid-century thought and its embracing of
    Utopian visions