A Manifesto Against Nostalgia

Investigation by Fereshte Moosavi

Summary

But, We Don’t Leave Pyramids, 4 January –12 April 2019, was an exhibition curated by GAPS in conjunction with Tehran Curatorial Symposium #2, collaborating with artists including Jean-Baptiste Ganne, Anna Dot, Hamed Dehqan, Farshad Xajehnassiri, Esther Merinero, Giulia Crispiani, Golrokh Nafisi, Farnaz Gholami. Inspired by a quote from the 1998 essay “Junkspace” by architect and theorist Rem Koolhaas, But We Don’t Leave Pyramids was an invitation to reconsider the human impulse to leave a permanent trace upon the world. Offering a negotiation of urban space and social presence, this exhibition presented diverse forms of practices on alternative social experiences in the context of Tehran and collectively discussed the role of cultural practitioners on a trans-national framework. The title intentionally begins with the conjunction ‘But’ as a means to spark speculation upon that which may have come before; it operates as the accessing point of an unexploited potential.

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