Architecture of Violence (working title) is a new site-specific dance/theatre work in development based on Roshanak’s evolving research, which explores our relationship to built environments and the social/political implications of architecture in the present day. Inspired by her personal history of displacement and war, the project was initiated through a Chalmers Arts Fellowship research grant (2020), and recently expanded through the TO Live Exploration fund in collaboration with curator/architectural researcher Sanam Samanian.
“Houses are murdered just as their inhabitants are killed and the memories of things are slaughtered, wood, stones, glass, iron, mortar – scattered like human limbs. And cotton silk, linen, notebooks, books – all torn apart like the unspoken words of people who did not have the time to say them.”
– From ‘The House Murdered’ by Mahmoud Darwish.