Ruderal Acts, Gardening Beyond the Wall aims to challenge the image of the garden as an enclosed system within which man controls the natural world, imagining a more open and indeterminate space informed by mutual care and cohabitation. Through careful observation, documentation and presentation, the project suggests a different kind of garden, formed in the left-behind urban and rural sites, ruins and transitional places. The project takes the abandoned and walled-off Rayy Cement Factory a site located south-east part of Tehran, Iran, as a starting point for an alternative idea of a garden. One that benefits from blurred boundaries, is shaped by the organic growth of ruderal species and cultivated by often unintended events: the leakage of a pipe, the shading provided by a brick wall or the migration of flora from agricultural activities. Carrying on this vision through multiple strategies, Gardening Beyond the Wall develops over time not unlike acts in a play, using the city of Tehran as its stage and its citizens as its actors, custodians, and ultimately gardeners.
Amin Yosefi – Photographer
Nafiseh Samadi – Botanist
Hadi Zand – Photojournalist
Michela Zoppi – Graphic designer
© Amin Yousefi, 2021