Exterior-Interior: private and public life on a main Tehran street

Thursday, 23 October 2008


Majid Karimi uses multi-media and photographic artwork to explore historical, cultural and architectural richness of the street.

The contrast between life in old and new Tehran forms the theme of an exhibition by a visiting Iranian architect and artist.

Majid Karimi uses multi-media and photographic artwork to explore historical, cultural and architectural richness of the street.

The exhibition takes viewers on a journey. It starts in a wealthy, northern part of Tehran, full of rich interior and exterior spaces, with building types and signs of global consumerism that can be found in many other cities throughout the world - shopping malls, cinemas, cultural and business complexes.

The journey then leads to the southern part of the city, where different and more traditional, cultural and spatial experiences take place. Here there are a wealth of colours, shapes and images that are influenced by the traditional craft and built form patterns.

This collection of artwork is of particular interest to architects, planners and other professionals interested in understanding how cities, people and cultural transformations shape and change place-identities of the world we inhabit.

The exhibition can be seen today (Thursday 24 October) in the Buckley Building, on the main Headington campus. It is also open tomorrow 5-8pm.