Baharak Keshani

I am Baharak Keshani. I was Born in Isfahan, Iran, and I think this is very decisive. I had an amazing family, and now that I look back, I realize how suitable our family background was for broadening our horizons and enlarging our mind and stepping into the world of our madness.
I studied architecture in Isfahan and I had the chance to be a student of Seyed Hadi Mirmiran at NJP (Naghsh-e Jahan Pars) consulting company at the same time. Sometimes I think that the only job that would be possible for me to do if I did not become an architect was to become a reporter, or maybe even that would not be suitable for me! I only like architecture and this is my destiny and I love it.
I love architecture as a combination of profession, activism and lifestyle. For me, "creating" is the condition of life. That is why I am always busy. I practice a lot and I still believe that I have not practiced enough. Recently, I have been busy with philosophy. It is like I am doing architecture with masses, dreaming in my drawings and taking care of those two to be built perfectly and I am constantly messing with my nostalgic mental forms.
Iran's social, political and personal conditions have changed a lot in the last four or five years. I did not want and could not sit! Therefore, I had to make a change in the way I worked. I think my attempt to not to stop was a rhizome-like movement, taking root and find a way to continue living in the inter-directional distance of architecture and prevailing conditions. Architecture did not stop, it just sprouted from somewhere else. Continuing to live to keep alive was my goal. I did not want to just be, I wanted to become. For this reason, I went through my possibilities to minimize my vulnerability. I wanted to be Barbapapa; I wanted to move in between to survive... as a rhizome.