An Island Indecisive by Design
Kish is an island in the Persian Gulf where the extremes in politics, ideology and urban design visibly intersect. The island’s modern history is defined by shifting politics in the Iranian mainland, making it a stage for outspoken experiments and conflicting interventions by politicians, investors, architects and planners. In Kish, the Iranian artists/authors Nasrin Tabatabai and Babak Afrassiabi present an evocative account of modernity in this place.
In the 1970s the last Shah of Iran decided to transform the island into an ultra-modern private resort for the royal family and its guests. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, the hedonistic holiday island fell into disrepair until the 1990s, when Kish was transformed into an attractive place for Iran’s own tourists and investors who were keen to escape the strict social and political rules of the mainland. The many years of indecisive and unfulfilled planning is distinctly evident in the island’s architecture, which lacks any trace of a genius loci.
ISBN 978-90-5662-830-7 | 1e druk | mei 2012 | uitverkocht | Nasrin Tabatabai, Babak Afrassiabi | design: Nina Støttrup Larsen | Engels | paperback | 16,5 x 23 cm | 160 pag.