Ruderal Acts, Gardening Beyond the Wall

2021

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.


Collaborators:
Amin Yosefi – Photographer
Nafiseh Samadi – Botanist
Hadi Zand – Photojournalist
Michela Zoppi – Graphic designer

Links:
HerMaP Art Projects – Website
12 artists from Europe and Iran explore Iran’s cultural heritage – Bozar
Artistic creation explores archives and industrial heritage – Bozar

© Amin Yousefi, 2021