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Nafiseh Fathollahzadeh was born in Iran. She studied visual communication in Tehran which was followed by Master of photography and research in Folkwang university of arts in Essen, Germany.

Her work oscillates between different approaches to documentary and staged photography with a focuses on urbanism, human and landscape relations, landscape of borders, socio-spatial structures of peripheries, the architecture of globalization and homogenization and inclusion & exclusion in the urban space.

Her recent works deal with post-photography, the methodology of collaborative practice in photography, the forms of extended authorship in digital media and the democratization and dematerialization of the photographic medium in post-internet era.

She founded “Momentography of a failure” project in 2018 with support of ECCE and IKF.

Her works has been shown in Zeche Zollverein Essen, Lehmbruck Museum Duisburg, Husemannplatz Bochum, Depot Dortmund, UG Museum Folkwang, SANAA – Gebäude, Gublia Gallery, Ahwaz contemporary art meuseum, 2009 Fadjr Festival and Artists’s house Tehran.

Parham Mortazavian was born in Iran. He studied Architecture in Tehran which was followed by a Master of Science in Urban Management in Technische Universität Berlin. His focus in practice and in research is on how social practices create and change the urban space in different social, political and regulatory processes. He has been working on alternative urban settlements, from co-living spaces in Berlin at id22:Institute for creative sustainability, Tehran’s urban renewal project at the slum district in the south of Tehran in an upgrading and enabling company Currently as the researcher/program planner at Raf Projects e.V, in a team he organises art shows and residencies such as a recent one at ZKU Berlin. Recently and in collaboration with CLB Berlin, he is working on a knowledge exchange program between Berlin and Tehran, including symposiums, exhibitions and urban interventions bringing academics, architects and artists together in both cities.

Daniel Kötter is a filmmaker and music theatre director whose work oscillates deliberately between different media and institutional contexts, combining techniques of structuralist film with documentary elements and experimental music theater. He has a strong interest in questions of urbanization in Africa and the Middle East.

His music theatre performances in collaboration with composer Hannes Seidl are shown at numerous international festivals since 2008. Between 2013 and 2016 they developped the trilogy Ökonomien des Handelns: KREDIT, RECHT, LIEBE and currently they are working on a new trilogy called Stadt Land Fluss.

Kötter’s series of films, performative and discursive work on urban and socio-political conditions of theatre architecture and urban performativity has been under development between 2009 and 2015) under the title state-theatre Lagos/Teheran/Berlin/Detroit/Beirut/Mönchengladbach (with Constanze Fischbeck).

His film and text work KATALOG was shot in twelve countries around the mediterranean sea portraying sites and practices related to the definition of the public sphere. It was presented at the Venice Biennal for Architecture 2014.

2014-17 he was working with curator Jochen Becker (metroZones) on the research, exhibition and film project CHINAFRIKA. Under Construction.

His documentary Hashti Tehran premiered 2017 in Berlinale Forum expanded and won the special award of German Shortfilm Award.