Tight clusters of traditional mud-brick-and-palm houses have stood for centuries in Ghadames, a pre-Roman oasis town in the Sahara. Rooftop walkways allowed women to move freely, concealed from men’s view.
Kamran Diba Namaz Khaneh (Prayer Room), Laleh Park, 1997-78 Tehran.
"This is a sculptural environment, which consists of a small open-to-sky room for prayer and contemplation. The inner room is shielded by an outer shell, which protects it from alien intrusions (visual and street noise). The inner room is rotated within the outer shell to accomplish an axial orientation toward “ghebbleh", the direction Moslems should face when praying."
Joe is installed in the courtyard. Like a work of architecture, this sculpture has to be experienced by walking around and through it. The only torqued spiral that is permanently installed outdoors, Joe is different according to the time of the day, the season, and the viewer’s position. It is in the visitor’s memory that the sculpture “takes shape” in the most complete way. Sugimoto’s photographs of Joe and the sculpture itself are quintessentially parallel creations. Using a photographic technique involving areas of extremely soft light and blurred darkness, he sculpted views that seem like aspects of visual memory: the arts of photography and sculpture overlap and memories of the two-and the three-dimensional mix.
Matthias Waschek, Director of The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts