The Invisible Monument by Sara Kamalvand

Book launch - ARCOmadrid

Saturday 29th february - 4.00 p.m.

Speaker's Corner, Arts Libris 
ARCOmadrid - IFEMA

Presentation of the book by the author Sara Kamalvand - Architect member of the Académie de France à Madrid 2019-2020

With the editors Mahmoud Bakhshi (BonGah), Sonia Berger (La Troupe) and Fabienne Aguado, director of Artistic Studies in Casa de Velázquez.


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.


Sara Kamalvand is an architect and a resident artist of the Académie de France à Madrid 2019-2020.

She is currently developing a project dealing with Madrid's underground channels, which still irrigate passively the city. Her aim is to create a garden responding to contemporary water shortage.

20/03/2019 - 29min 44s - Espagnol