Sazman-e Ab St.

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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, […]

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. […]