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Listen to my Postcard

Yara Mekawei in Dialogue with Farzad Golghasemi

This project aims to extract and transfer the photography of the architecture to soundtracks . The project contents, photos (Farzad Golghasemi), soundtracks (Yara Mekawei), and texts.

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Staatsarchiv Bremen (Ostertor)

Be like the roaring flow of the river, uninterrupted by the croaking of frogs.

Yara Mekawei – 2021


Built in the sixties, it carries many characteristics of a modernist building. A plain combination of materials in use, glass and stone façades along with the lightweight steel elements. As it appears interesting to architects, it may not be so for the others. Especially, the odd-looking red cube that keeps stacks of magazines in dark. What is interesting is that the covering red travertine plates come from the same place as I do, thousands of kilometers away.

Farzad Golghasemi – April 2021

Schuppen Eins (Überseestadt Bremen)

We are always enamored with love, especially when no love is in sight.

Yara Mekawei – 2021


Once a friend told me that it has apartments on top and the owners can take their cars through its multi-level streets next to where they live. It also contains many shops and big firms. It sounds like a neighborhood. Are its streets stone-paved? Are skateboarders or kids playing around up there? How is it possible to visit? I should find a way to sneak into that black box!

Farzad Golghasemi – April 2021

Rolandmühle (Holz- und Fabrikenhafen, Bremen)

Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again.

Yara Mekawei – 2021


They say it caught on a massive fire in the late seventies so that it got destroyed entirely. I look at its photos from the past and they quite match with the present. And I wonder if the elements of the old have been used in constructing a new whole!

Farzad Golghasemi – April 2021

Feuerwache 5 (Überseestadt Bremen)

Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God. But let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the wind of the heavens dance between you.

Yara Mekawei – 2021


It stands at the end of a long harbor as a guardian, watching the piles of wood and timber through the wast water corridor. Helped its neighbors many times to cool down, it has always been ready to take action against the passive friction. Yet no longer as nimble as before, it is sitting there with tied hands as the platform for the customers who captured its glorious binoculars.

Farzad Golghasemi – April 2021

Die Getreideverkehrsanlage (Der Koloss) Bremen Gröpelingen

She is my heart, and everything it embraces, And I’m a mere passerby.
For me, she is my only heart’s desire. For her, I’m a mere passerby.

Yara Mekawei – 2021

Der Koloss

It is called der Koloss, and in the strictest sense of the word, it is colossal. It is so sizable that one loses the sense of own size. But, why is it so calm around? Where are the numerous actions owing to its existence? I can hear some distant noises that might spring from the new giant in its vicinity, displacing the business and shifting the flow.

Farzad Golghasemi – April 2021

Bunker Valentin (Rekum)

Your appetite for passion turned out insatiable. Too impatient to be content with a single serving.

Yara Mekawei – 2020


According to gravity, all things with mass or energy are brought toward one another. The Earth gravitates the moon and the humans on it, and the Moon causes the ocean tides. The massive concrete structure attracts my body and affects my emotions. I feel scared yet curious. It might be so because someone I know had a repellent childhood experience facing this dark old bulk, yet my curiosity is still there. It looks like that this confusion has been there for a long time as if the soil is disturbed by the outsider. Perhaps it belongs there after such a long time! It is hard to find the entrance, as it has none and so many. Impermeable and porous at once, it is designed to block extrinsic objects. Yet the locals are piercing constantly to inhabit, enfolding the fear and rage.

Farzad Golghasemi – March 2021

Café HAG building (at Überseestadt container harbor Bremen)

I only speak so you may see. If you can see, no words are needed.

Yara Mekawei – 2020


It is getting harder to clear my mind about it, as I am drinking my morning coffee. The caffeine stimulates my nerves after a long night with a manifold of dreams. And it is the same with this eclectic architecture, that it is getting hyped again by coffee, after many years of activity followed by a retirement period.

Farzad Golghasemi – 2021

Speicher XI building (at Überseestadt Bremen)

Love is an archer, shooting arrows, I cannot see.
Love is a killer with no spear, slashing at me.

Yara Mekawei – 2020


Standing there for a while, it is missing the old comrades. They used to stop by every once in a while, arriving and departing linearly, they reached each other out in the same direction, loading and unloading their chunks with materials.
I’m walking alongside it, feeling my memories stored in its chunks. But it moves faster than me, taking the memories away towards the vanishing point.

Farzad Golghasemi - 2021

Bunker Hornisse (Industriehafen, Bremen Gröpelingen)

Silent things do speak sometimes, whereas much of speaking doesn’t involve words.

Yara Mekawei – 2020


Located just around the corner, in space it is immediate. Functioning as the foundation for an everydayness, it almost tries to hide from the spectators. As you get closer, the void gets deeper and the time folds, uncovering its counterpart sooner or later.

Farzad Golghasemi – 2021

Yara Mekawei
is a Cairo-based electronic music composer and sound artist. A prolific artist and scholar, Mekawei‘s sonic bricolages draw inspiration from the flow of urban centers and the infrastructure of cities. Interested in the philosophy of architecture, history, and literature. Mekawei used the optical transfer from the musical conversation and transferring the sound waves to a visual form. Her work is based on sound as a tool of vision, the philosophy of composition is shaped by sophisticated practices that convey messages of conceptual dimension to the public. Mekawei using the research literature specializing in the social ideologies in her concepts. She follows her projects through a research point of uniting between work and the other, whose work shows an intangible aspect of her personality, and being feminine in an East African society.

Farzad Golghasemi
studied architecture at Middle East Technical University in Ankara. He practiced and taught architectural design and 3D modeling before starting the Digital Media masters program at the University of the Arts Bremen. Currently, he is working on developing projects regarding the critique of urban geography and everyday life, through employing digital technologies such as the Web and mobile devices. He is interested in discovering phenomenological aspects of architecture and the built environment over applying methodologies such as walking.