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Mausoleum of ENSEMBLE I, An Architecture of the Inbetween

In an effort to translate Shervin’s state of mind and personal experiences into an architectural concept, she chose to design various spaces or materializations of various states of being, drawn together into a coherent structure. The result was an integrated architectural work that derives from a polyphony of cultures. These cultures communicate with each other in the designed spaces, at the same time giving an illusion of neutrality – a carte blanche. A place seemingly stripped of most political complexities, with a relationality based on human experience – a variety of cultures communicating in some third landscape. However, this romantic idea has also been the starting point for a discussion on cultural appropriation and cultural identity, shared with a few female artists and thinkers. They show the importance of opening reflective space up to contemporary discussion, of embracing critical narratives as a route to achieving a deeper understanding of our cultural conditioning. This project began with the idea to reflect on notions of reality through the individual perspective in a collective space. The investigation of personal experience within the culture is echoed in the materiality of the architectural models, but also in the materiality of the various narratives of women living and creating in between cultures. Inbetween. A mélange of different architectural styles, sacrum, and profane, a trans-culture, a hybrid of civilizations. Cultural realms engaged in a dialogue. A quest for confusion, and a further quest for peace. Where is my identity now? Shervin does not get a single answer, but a polyphony of voices.

140 cm x 140 cm.
Plan screen printed on canvas.

by Shervin Sheikh Rezaei

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Shervin Sheikh Rezaei is an architect and artist who expresses her work in a mix of architecture, drawing, 3D models, textiles, sculpture, graphics, literature, and dialogue with the other – and today a new start in tapestry.

Shervin Sheikh Rezaei

This artwork is showcased at Subbacultcha’s Community Exhibition.
In collaboration with Zwart Op Wit, De Studio & Antwerp Art Weekend

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