Curated by Joseph Del Pesco (US) and Sohrab Kashani (Iran) Six artist videos, presented in three pairs, each stand alone, yet they are linked by the use of extra-diegetic audio—a layer beyond the sound that […]

Creative Time Summit DC: Occupy the Future

Creative Time Summit – the world’s largest international conference on art and social change – was held in Washington, DC! Creative Time Summit DC: Occupy the Future was held at DC’s historic Lincoln Theatre on […]

Wiki-Women-Middle East

On the occasion of Women’s History Month 2016, Writing Middle Eastern Women into History Initiative (WMWH) launched Wiki­-Women­-Middle East, a series of Wiki Edit­a­thon gatherings around the globe to add profiles of Middle Eastern women […]

Art History ⧚ Julie Vayssière

For the first presentation of her performance “Art History” in Iran (after the Ricard Foundation in Paris and Schaufenster in Sélestat), Sazmanab artist-in-residence Julie Vayssière chose to work the way she always does; by asking […]

Tehran Documentary Forum session#2

On September 15, 2015, curator Reza Haeri, Mohammadreza Farzad, and Pooria Jahanshad discussed “Metaphor and Politics: The Tehran Retrospective of Harun Farocki” at Sazmanab. Harun Farocki (1944-2014) was born in German-annexed Czechoslovakia. From 1966 to […]

Peter Freund

On Thursday, August 27, 2015, Peter Freund talked about his recent exhibition at Sazmanab. Peter Freund is a media artist, curator, and scholar based in the San Francisco Bay Area. As an artist, Freund works […]

Iran USA ⧚ Peter Freund

Sazmanab presented three works of video art by Peter Freund in which sketch poetic overlapped between the histories of Iran and the USA. Acorus Calamus (2012) In Farsi with English subtitles Single-channel video 10:00 A […]

Stephen Young

On Sunday, August 16, 2015, Stephen Young talked about his exhibition at Sazmanab. The exhibition highlighted the patterns and similarities that occur at very different scales in the natural world through images taken by satellite […]

The weather was good ⧚ Bart Van Dijck

The weather was good – 2015, 60 min A film by Bart Van Dijck Belgian artist Bart Van Dijck explores local folklore and cultural identity. His video “The weather was good” compiles scenes from folk […]

Conversations: Iran

Dejan Kaludjerović’s first solo exhibition in Iran “Conversations – Iran” at Sazmanab presented six channel sound / site specific installation Sand Box from the series: Conversations: Hula-hoops, Elastics, Marbles and Sand. The “Conversations” series of […]

Docufiction in Werner Herzog’s Recent Films

Ever since his early career in the heydays of the new German cinema, Werner Herzog’s fiction and documentary films have centred on characters whose actions, usually undertaken in hostile environments in the most remote corners […]

Re-Shape #1: Design/Code

Re-shape Tehran aims to bring creative people from different fields who are interested in experimenting with technology together; artists, engineers, musicians, electricians, software developers, and others. This was the debut event for Re-Shape Tehran. This […]

Centrefold Project: Spring of recession

Centrefold, a project by Reza Aramesh is a collaborative publication in scrapbook format, produced as a limited edition of no more than 41 copies. Born in 2003 from a curatorial project titled Wooden Hearts, Centrefold […]

Marco Djermaghian

On the occasion of his recent exhibition at Sazmanab, Marco Djermaghian spoke about the idea of one to one scale through tactile materiality, the act of making things and its relation to the scale of […]

A Portal Between Washington D.C. & Tehran

Portals are gold shipping containers with immersive audio and video technology inside. When you enter one, you come face-to-face with someone in the other container, full-body, and the two converse live as if in the […]

Doing stuff with people: Mark Allen and Jon Rubin

Mark Allen is the founder and executive director of Machine Project, a non-profit performance and installation space investigating art, technology, natural history, science, music, literature, and food in an informal storefront in the Echo Park […]

Photobook Tehran

Photobook Tehran is an initiative focused on fostering the culture of photobook making and collection. Its first exhibition was presented simultaneously in Tehran and New York. A number of newly-acquired photobooks from Iran were exhibited […]

But Meaning… ⧚ Marco Djermaghian

But Meaning… is a one-to-one scale prototype of a garden design and the stage of a dialogue between the mind and love. While borrowing the language of painting, sculpture, architecture and video, the piece works […]

Temple of Potato ⧚ Bahar Sabet

Exhibition by Bahar Sabet “Darkling Beetle is part of Mealworm’s life cycle. Mealworms go through four different phases in their lifetime: Egg, Larvae, Pupa, and adult Beetle. Mealworms are a great source of protein and […]

Ghazaleh Hedayat’s “Bygones”

Panel discussion revolving around Ghazaleh Hedayat’s exhibition at ag Galerie, “Bygones” with Majid Akhgar, Hadi Azari, and Zanyar Bolouri “Skin is the layer with which one feels the outside world. This bonding layer has always […]

Mohammadreza Mirzaei

On the occasion of his recent exhibition at O Gallery, Mohammadreza Mirzaei spoke about his work with a focus on his recently published photobook and his two latest exhibitions at O Gallery and No.6 Gallery […]

Beginnings of Conversation

How does a conversation transform from an informal encounter to a public moment? The evening proposed a public event with a group of artists-designers-students of the Dutch Art Institute and Werkplaats Typografie in conversation with […]

Ala Ebtekar in conversation with Ahoo Najafian

On Saturday, April 18, 2015, Sazmanab artist-in-residence Ala Ebtekar in conversation with Ahoo Najafian discussed Ebtekar’s recent exhibition at The Third Line “nowheresville \ ‘nä-kōja,-abäd \” and the themes around which the exhibition was conceived; […]

Cinétracts by Other Means: Notes from Tehran

Roaming Academy – Doreen Mende and The Otolith Group presented: Cinétracts by Other Means: Notes from Tehran in collaboration with art research space Sazmanab in Tehran and Sohrab Kashani, and with art research graduate Zohreh […]

Manuel Buerger

Manuel Buerger runs a design laboratory in Berlin and works with clients all around the world. Buerger’s design practice is indicated by many-layered narratives which challenge the viewers in deconstruction and construction of meaning. In […]

Thomas Jeppe

On the occasion of his exhibition at Sazmanab, Australian artist Thomas Jeppe spoke about his work and the process behind “Abstract Journalism”; a working methodology characterised by earnest research and willful divergence, structured by the […]

Compass Trouble Again ⧚ Thomas Jeppe

Compass Trouble Again focused on cultural histories, vernacular aesthetics, and semantic reconstruction. It was the thematic follow-up to Compass Trouble, which was held in Guadalajara Mexico in May 2014. This second iteration of the exhibition […]

A Portal Between New Haven & Tehran

Portals are gold shipping containers with immersive audio and video technology inside. When you enter one, you come face-to-face with someone in the other container, full-body, and the two converse live as if in the […]

At 11:08 March 14th, 2006 ⧚ Reza Aramesh

Sazmanab-Ab/Anbar presented the exhibition “At 11:08 March 14th, 2006” by the London-based artist Reza Aramesh. The title was taken from an event on Tuesday, March 14th, 2006 when Israeli forces raided a Palestinian prison camp […]


Maquette – 2014, 70 min A film by Hamed Sahihi Set in an imaginary world similar to those of classic Science-Fiction movies, Maquette tells the story of two inventors who embark on creating inventions in […]

Tehran Monoxide at Zohre-No Pharmacy

Artist Negar Farajiani and scholar Behzad Khosravi talked about Tehran Monoxide‘s recent installment at Zohre-No Pharmacy and showed its documentation photos and videos. Tehran Monoxide is an artistic, socio-cultural and environmental project that is focused […]

A Portal Between New York & Tehran

Portals are gold shipping containers with immersive audio and video technology inside. When you enter one, you come face-to-face with someone in the other container, full-body, and the two converse live as if in the […]

Distance ⧚ Farhad Kalantary

Farhad Kalantary talked about his recent exhibition at Sazmanab. Farhad Kalantary, born in Tabriz (Iran, 1962), is an artist and curator whose work focuses on film and video. He studied video and filmmaking at Laney […]

Anahita Razmi’s videos

On November 24, 2014, Sazmanab held a one-night-only special screening of a selection of video works by artist Anahita Razmi. Anahita Razmi is a visual artist based in Berlin mainly working with video, installation, new […]

Anahita Razmi

Anahita Razmi talked about her recent exhibition at Sazmanab-Ab/Anbar. Anahita Razmi is a visual artist based in Berlin mainly working with video, installation, new media and performance. Her work reconsiders visual memory, stereotypes, and standards […]

Some Links, Some Projections ⧚ Anahita Razmi

Sazmanab-Ab/Anbar presented the exhibition “Some Links, Some Projections” by the Berlin-based artist Anahita Razmi. The exhibition, “Some Links, Some Projections,” brought together new works by Anahita Razmi, most of which conceived for the occasion. Dealing […]

Stars of Urmia ⧚ Farhad Kalantary

Sazmanab presented the exhibition “Stars of Urmia” by the Oslo-based artist Farhad Kalantary. Stars of Urmia was a video installation with its visuals composed of several layers of rotating imagery moving with varying speeds and […]

The Call ⧚ Mette Juul

Sazmanab presented a two-part video screening by Sazmanab artist-in-residence Mette Juul. Mette Juul is a prize-winning Danish photographer educated in the UK. She has a background in filmmaking and has exhibited in Denmark, Germany, China […]

The Creative Act ⧚ Babak Golkar

On November 6, 2014, Sazmanab hosted a workshop led by exhibiting artist Babak Golkar via Skype. Babak Golkar was born in Berkeley in 1977. He spent most of his formative years in Tehran until 1996 […]

Babak Golkar

Exhibiting artist Babak Golkar and curator Elham Puriyamehr discussed their exhibition at Sazmanab-Ab/Anbar and answered questions from the audience. Babak Golkar was born in Berkeley in 1977. He spent most of his formative years in […]

Of Labour, Of Dirt ⧚ Babak Golkar

Sazmanab-Ab/Anbar presented the exhibition Of Labour, Of Dirt by the Vancouver-based artist Babak Golkar, curated by Elham Puriyamehr. Marking the opening of the new Sazmanab centre and the Ab-Anbar gallery, Golkar’s exhibition engaged the entire […]

Role Models ⧚ Lena Lapschina

Exhibition by Lena Lapschina Lena Lapschina was born in Kurgan, Siberia and currently lives and works in Vienna and Lower Austria. She is also co-founder of State of the Art magazine and curator for M21 […]

The Back Room Workshop

How do public spaces become politicised, privatised, inscribed with new meanings? How might artists, writers, and educators intervene in various spaces, and engage with new publics? How does the scale, location, and permanence of a […]

Itinerant ⧚ Doreen Mende

Presentation by Doreen Mende Doreen Mende (b. 1976) is an author, curator and researcher based in Berlin. In collaboration with the architect Wilfried Kuehn, between 2006–09 she co-conceived the study programme in Exhibition Design and […]


TIME IS LOVE.6 – [Show 2] International video art program Curated by Kisito Assangni Time is Love Screening is an annual international video art program on the theme of love in hard times. The screening […]

Polynomiography ⧚ Bahman Kalantari

Polynomiography is algorithmic visualization in solving polynomial equations. It finds applications in education, science and art. Polynomiography has received national and international recognition and media attention, from New Jersey media to international media in Spain, […]

Green, White, Red ⧚ Yousha Bashir

Exhibition by Yousha Bashir “Limit. Limits. Limited. Explosion! Limit. Limits. Limited. Explosion! Red. Red. Rolling. Despise! Where white? This improper compilation. Boom. Explosion!” Yousha Bashir Yousha Bashir is a process-oriented artist, whose works are a […]

Interactive Multimedia ⧚ Frederick Rodrigues

Workshop on interactive multimedia conducted by Frederick Rodrigues In this workshop, the participants covered how to create rich interactive multimedia tools for performance. They discussed various approaches and their pros and cons such as Isaodra, […]

Medusa ⧚ Mahtab Mozayan

Exhibition by Mahtab Mozayan “I’m afraid you’ll find out about what I’ve been hiding inside of me! Then chances are you’ll behead me to hold my head in front of your enemies, so they would […]

Root Canal

Root Canal – 2012, B&W, 60 min A film by Samira Eskandarfar A young girl who has just started a serious relationship tries to review her relationship in dialogue with a woman with extensive experience […]

IRAN (is not the problem)

Sazmanab hosted an official screening of the film “IRAN (is not the problem)”. This insightful 79-minute documentary featured Antonia Juhasz, author of Tyranny of Oil, and The Bu$h Agenda, Larry Everest, author of Oil, Power, […]

Abbas Akhavan

Sazmanab hosted a conversation with Iranian-born artist Abbas Akhavan in conjunction with his residency and exhibition at the Delfina Foundation in London. Born in Tehran, Abbas Akhavan has been living in Canada since 1992 where […]

Roberto Casiraghi

An exhibition of drawings by Italian painter and musician Roberto Casiraghi, together with works by artists Saeed Ravanbakhsh, Homayoun Salimi, Yousef Sharif Kazemi, and Soheil Doaei. Organised by Charsoo Honar November 1 – November 3, […]

Anahita Razmi

Anahita Razmi is a video and performance artist based in Berlin and London. Her previous works have dealt with issues concerning identity and gender, employing objects with a national and cultural significance or citing the […]

Hidden Screenplays

Curated by Nesli Gül Works by Kardelen Fincancı and İsmail Egler Hidden Screenplays relates to the alternative movements against the obedience and it focuses on the cracks and seeps that occur within the communities. It […]

Field of view ⧚ Richard Penn

Presentation by Richard Penn (artist-in-residence) Richard is a self-taught animator with a Masters Degree in Fine Arts (with distinction) from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 1997 he was awarded the […]

A conversation with Shirana Shahbazi

Shirana Shahbazi discussed her diverse and iterative photographic practice, in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, “New Photography 2012.” Employing the visual language of multiple genres—portraiture, […]

Short Grip ⧚ Maryam Taghavi

As a former Tehraner, Taghavi’s engagement with the city through materials and situations, atmospheres and activities that had once been neutral was vivified in discovering the ineptness permeating the public space. During her residency at […]

Performance As Sketchpad ⧚ Maryam Taghavi

Workshop on performance conducted by Maryam Taghavi (artist-in-residence) Performance as an art practice has helped artists investigate ideas before they made objects since the early 1900s, and a strong medium experimented on countless formal, social, […]

flüchtig ⧚ Katharina Stadler

The project ‘flüchtig’ [volatile/fugacious] aimed to explicitly follow the paths which were taken by previous visiting artists and curators on site. During the two-week residency at Sazmanab in Tehran Katharina Stadler walked those paths as […]

mise en abyme

Curated by Sandra Skurvida Mise en abyme is a stand-in for the void, a figure opening the subjective fissures of national states, and performatively destabilizing positions of power — the “I”s are focused on the […]

Private Negations

Curated by Morehshin Allahyari and Alysse Stepanian Our perception of reality conforms to human-made logic while the construct of logic is defined by the limitations of our perceptions. The language of power is built upon […]

Terrain ⧚ Tanaz Modabber

Exhibition by Tanaz Modabber (artist-in-residence) Terrain was a performative installation inspired by the uncanny correlation between the natural and the artificial environment in Tehran. As the boundary between these environments, natural and artificial, has grown […]

An evening with Hiwa K and Aneta Szylak

Iraqi Kurdish artist and Sazmanab artist-in-residence Hiwa K gave a talk on Tuesday June 26, 2012 at Sazmanab. Some of his projects presented were the outcome of his deliberations on the eight-years of Iran-Iraq War […]

TehranNo ⧚ Omid Mehdizadeh

Exhibition by Omid Mehdizadeh “Urban geographers generally define the city as an artificial landscape consisting of different streets, buildings, machinery, and monuments which together make today’s urban life somewhat possible. Tehran is a surreal site […]

Image and Control ⧚ Justin Clemens

Lecture by Justin Clemens, presented by LuckyPDF at West Space, Melbourne and simulcast via Google Hangout to Sazmanab Writer, academic, translator and Lacanian, Justin Clemens teaches in the School of Culture and Communication at the […]

Kubideh Kitchen Skype Meal

Conflict Kitchen, founded in 2010 by Jon Rubin and Dawn Weleski, was a restaurant in Pittsburgh that served cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict. Each Conflict Kitchen iteration was augmented […]

Future Shorts Spring 2012

Future Shorts Festival pops up in Tehran! The spring program, as hosted at Sazmanab, let the audience connect with a selection of international short films and filmmakers to access a large global audience for their […]

Sound Of IT

Curated by Larry Caveney, in the spirit of John Cage Artists: Annah Anti-Palindrome, Wes Chester, Osvaldo Cibils, Mark Eden, Anthony Elliott, Alex Godbold, Josh Goldman, Fritz Horstman, Nathan Hubbard, Travis Janssen, Chris Jones, Tina La […]

UNDO ⧚ Negar Farajiani

Exhibition by Negar Farajiani “I delete an image (her/his image), I try to get it back Before saving it I look for Undo File Edit View History Window Help Edit Undo It’s greyed out” Negar […]

The Back Room and Sazmanab

We are Ava Ansari and Molly Kleiman of The Back Room — a curatorial and pedagogical project to facilitate exchanges between artists and writers in the United States and Iran. We’ve been collaborating with Sohrab […]

Imprisonment of The Speaker

Imprisonment of The Speaker – 2011, 50 min A film by Mehran Afshar Naderi Imprisonment of The Speaker follows the story of a twenty-year-old criminal, who tries to investigate the causes and motives for choosing […]

Paradoxes in Video

Curated by Larry Caveney and Sohrab Kashani Organised in collaboration with GARAGE 4141 Paradoxes in Video investigated the contradictions between documentary and performance, fact and fiction, order and chaos. What is real and what is […]

Molla Nasreddin ⧚ Slavs and Tatars

Presentation by Slavs and Tatars (artists-in-residence) Slavs and Tatars presented “Molla Nasreddin: the magazine that would’ve, could’ve, should’ve.” It features a selection of the most iconic covers, illustrations and caricatures from the legendary Azeri satirical […]

Performance on Trial

In conjunction with Performa, Wafaa Bilal and Shirin Neshat discussed their recent works at the time — A Call and OverRuled. These two performances engaged and questioned the act of bearing witness. Their audiences, too, […]

Dynamic Encounters ⧚ Wafaa Bilal

Facilitated by Wafaa Bilal, organised by The Back Room and Sazmanab, and sponsored by Aaran Gallery in Tehran. Twelve Iranian emerging artists and performers presented their recent works in progress and discussed issues related to […]

TVDinner Tehran

TVDinner was an iteration of OtherIS video series focused on the US-sanctioned countries — Belarus, Cote d’Ivoire, Congo, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Myanmar/Burma, and Zimbabwe. TVDinner launched on July 30, […]

Date with the SObject

Date with the SObject was an ongoing project by Farhad Bahram in Tehran; it was a socially-engaged performance that examined the various possible interconnections between two Subjects and an Object; the object being a bond […]

Siting Performance ⧚ Richard Schechner

A two-day workshop with Richard Schechner, where artists, writers, and performers in Tehran and NYC discussed contemporary performance art practices, new media, and citizenship. Led by Richard Schechner, with Ava Ansari, Bavand Behpoor, and Molly […]

Susann Wintsch

Presentation by Susann Wintsch (curator-in-residence) Susann Wintsch curates TREIBSAND. She studied Art History and Comparative Literature at the University of Zurich and teaches and lectures at Zürcher Hochschule der Künste ZHdK. In 2013 she curated […]

The Tehran/Pittsburgh YouTube Mix

A live screening of videos curated by Sohrab Kashani and Jon Rubin directly from YouTube posts shot both in Tehran and Pittsburgh was presented at Sazmanab (Tehran) and Waffle Shop (Pittsburgh). A back and forth […]

Human Emotion Project

A global project generated by artist/curator Alison Williams which screens videos and films made by international artists who use these mediums to interpret human emotion visually. Curated by Sohrab Kashani and Alison Williams International artists: […]

Much Love from Tehran

Live audio/visual performances and simultaneous music collaborations via the internet by Photomat, Pooya Payvar (Stonail), and SAROSEDA at Sazmanab and the Danish punk rock band Dansk Fløde at B&K Projects in Copenhagen, Denmark, organised by […]

The Tehran/Pittsburgh in Random

A live screening of videos curated by Sohrab Kashani and Jon Rubin for Red76 and “The YouTube School for Social Politics” and directly from YouTube posts shot both in Tehran and Pittsburgh was presented at […]

Nomadic Streaming at Art Basel

A free-form broadcasting experiment took place on June 16, 2010 with aethernauts transmitting live from Art Basel, the International Art Fair in Basel and from other locations around the world including Tehran and Sydney. aether9 […]

Kubideh Kitchen Skype Meal

Conflict Kitchen, founded in 2010 by Jon Rubin and Dawn Weleski, was a restaurant in Pittsburgh that served cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict. Each Conflict Kitchen iteration was augmented […]

Capturing Dimitra ⧚ Dimitra Natskouli

Performance by Dimitra Natskouli Organised by Bavand Behpoor Photographers, video artists and painters were invited to capture Dimitra Natskouli as she performed her performance art inspired by her short stay in Tehran. Wednesday, August 26, […]

Visiting Arts Curators’ visit

Visiting Arts‘ Curator research visits enable UK curators to visit different countries and regions of the world offering the opportunity to encounter contemporary arts practice in specific contexts and to forge the creation of cultural […]

Reciprocal Visit

Reciprocal Visit was an experimental project by Apartment Project made up of photographs, films, writings, interactions, and talks of participants from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, such as photography, video, music, staging, painting, and sociology. […]