A new look at the streets of London

While Londoners’ affection for their city may be waning this week thanks to the much hyped ‘travel chaos’, artist Tannaz Oroumchi is imploring us to take a fresh look at our fair city in her new show, Hectified.

Curiousroutes
Curiousroutes

Oroumchi, a trained architect, has created a series of abstract drawings of the city, rendering familiar areas like Oxford Street unrecognisable with monochrome patterns and shapes.

These were created by drawing over existing maps with ink onto a thin film.

Whitecross Street
Whitecross Street

Hectified, says Oroumchi, is a word she made up to describe this process, which looks to break down the city as we know it and ask questions about how we use the space.

 She says that her work looks to challenge any notions of maps or cities as ‘static and staid’, instead looking at their capacity to be a ‘fluid space’.

Oxford Street
Oxford Street

The works focus on the area of The Square Mile, St Paul’s and Oxford Street.

Hectified runs from 1 – 31 May at Curious Duke Gallery, 173 Whitecross Street
London
EC1Y 8JT

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