In 1991, five Iranian artists, Farid Jahangir and Sassan Nassiri, Bita Fayyazi, Ata Hasheminejad, and Khosrow Hassanzedeh, took over an abandoned house in Tehran, Iran, and used it as both studio space and found object–a place to collaborate, and also explore the physical and political meaning of urban architectural detritus. They spent two months creating various projects in the house, including paintings, installations, and sculptures. An installation of wallpaper peeled away from the walls in long strips, broken vases spilled over countertops and out of cabinets, and atmospheric projections of images like El Greco’s Burial of Count Orgaz filled the relatively spare rooms of the house.
At the end of the two-month period, they opened the project to the public, as well as other artist collaborators. During the artists stay, the house maintained its status as abandoned property–no effort to renovate it occurred– while it also evolved into an active, lived space. After the run of the show, the artists demolished the house, carrying out its original, intended fate.