Gort Scott have designed an immersive scenography for the new Epic Iran exhibition at the V&A in London. The show explores 5,000 years of Iranian art, design, and culture, bringing together over 300 objects from ancient, Islamic, and contemporary Iran. It is the U.K.’s first major exhibition in 90 years to present an overarching narrative of Iran from 3000 BC to the present day and is organized by the V&A with the Iran Heritage Foundation in association with The Sarikhani Collection.
The 10 sections of the exhibition are expressed as a series of individual architectural moments or open spaces that sit within two large halls of the V&A. The color and form of these were inspired by the craft of Persian culture, including earth-built structures, through to the grand order of Persepolis, and illuminated manuscripts depicting Iranian interiors within cities and gardens. Some of these rooms have finely crafted solid walls, while others are simply defined by sheets of fabric lit with projections. Gort Scott has varied materials, colors, and textures in order to affect the play of light, acoustics, and touch.