Hanieh Fatouraee an a-disciplinary researcher, artist, and architect. She explores spatial knowledge systems in the Middle East. She has an interest in deconstructing dominating narratives through the use of spatial/visual methodologies, poetic exploration, and superstitious investigation. Part of her Fellowship for Situated Practice she is currently researching the complexities of vasvas through its thresholds of wetness in extreme interior spaces which revolves around the contagious practices of cleanliness and related obsessions of women in close intersection with their domestic space. She looks at the collective emergence of these practices of women that is manifested in very complex performative and physical actions. Centering her research around water, she looks at the interior through the lens of religious understandings, modern western hygiene, and vasvasial imagination.
She graduated from the CRA Goldsmiths, where she attended the Forensic Architecture studio. Her dissertation research revolved around the examination of infrastructural and environmental violence along the Helmand River in Afghanistan. At the CRA, she also investigated the کاریز/Karez/Qanat social underground waters from a decolonial, poetic and hydro-social perspective in opposition to the absoluteness of the western infrastructural development. She also had the chance to collaborate with Forensic Architecture where she worked with the team on the Pushbacks Across the Evros/Meriç River project. As part of the Border Ecologies Network, along with her fellow teammates, she recently contributed towards the first book of the Research Architecture four-part book series called Border Environments edited by Riccardo Badano, Tomas Percival, Susan Schuppli published by Spector Books.
Hanieh currently lives and works in Ankara, and is part of the IKSV Cell, Istanbul, in the Fellowship for Situated Practice.