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The Invisible Monument


The Invisible Monument shows the process of an anachronic reading of Tehran using underground layers of an abandoned irrigation network to reveal the capital’s contemporary nature and needs. As a graphic novel, the book retraces the history of Tehran since its Zoroastrian beginnings by shedding light on how an infrastructure has the capacity to shape thoughts and space through time. Out of the necessity to inhabit the desert, an anthropogenic landscape shaped by underground water sources and astronomical cycles gave emergence to the enclosed garden as one of the oldest art forms.

In her projects, Iranian architect and artist Sara Kamalvand addresses issues such as climate change, resource depletion and pollution footprint through heritage, conservation and memory. 

ISBN 978-600-5268-42-3
Bon—Gah, 2020
Editing: Sara Kamalvand, Sonia Berger
Graphic design: Jaime Narváez (La Troupe)
Pre-press: La Troupe Lab
Printed by Artes Gráficas Palermo
Limited edition of 200 numbered copies


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