b. Taqcheh, an important element in Persian architecture, used to be made in two forms. A fovea or a ridge in the wall. It was usually made of stone, wood, or mostly stucco. Taqcheh is not made tall, but if it is made tall, it is called “Raf”. It was made tall to keep things away from children.

Since the rise of modern architecture, Taqcheh started to disappear from houses. It was substituted by shelf gradually. Shelves have the same function and usage. But they are too far from how a Taqcheh feels like. People also used Taqcheh as place to keep and remind their beloved ones’ belongings. They also kept the photo of their beloved ones on Taqcheh. In some countries they also keep the ashes of their dead beloved ones on it.

If you go and see what is left of a recently destroyed old house you may observe a part of a wall still remained with a fovea. A Taqcheh that keeps the secrets of a house in its heart, it doesn’t reveal anything but the fact that it is still there standing. My Taqchehs are the descendants of the Taqchehs in Aghajoon's house and they are revealing their secrets. The secrets that are actually the signs, the objects that belonged to Aghajoon's house or the house of my childhood secrets.

There is nothing left of Aghajoon's house but only a dream in the mind of the creator of these works. Marx was right; All that is solid melts into air.

Taqcheh installations.

All That Is Solid, Melts Into Air. 

date. 2016

objects. video. sound.

location. Mohsen Gallery Tehran

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