July 2004 Pages began the search in Tehran for a location in order to set up an independent international art space. As in many cities, various locations in Tehran carry out not only specific urban functions, they also possess a socio-political significance which will determine the search for this space. By launching the idea of an art space channeled through the urban, political and social traits of the various locations that may or may not offer possibilities for the setting up of an art space, a series of dispositions are already introduced that provide the conditions for hosting art.
The first output of this search, the “décor-object,” is an excerpt from the first space we encountered during the search, an apartment in Tehran’s sixth district. The original object is a wooden shelving unit forming a framed passage between the apartment’s hallway and the living room. Built in the early 70’s together with the house, it is a reduced version of a once popular pseudo-modernist design, known with the name “decor,” that was first introduced in the early 50’s in modern Iranian living rooms and originally functioned both as spatial division and decoration.
The “décor-object” was reproduced several times for the different presentations of the project. As an object, it is a condensation of the idea of location and display at once, a trade mark for a potential international, independent art space.