Arts + Culture

A Discussion Between Tehran & Pittsburgh

Nov 2, 2019 - Nov 2, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Mattress Factory
500 Sampsonia Way
Pittsburgh, Pa 15212

The Other Apartment is a collaborative project between Rubin and Kashani that occurs simultaneously in Kashani’s apartment in Tehran, Iran, and an exact replica of that apartment and all of its contents at the Mattress Factory. Using detailed photographs from Kashani (who is not able to travel to the U.S. due to the current travel ban on Iranian citizens), the artists worked with a team of fabricators to meticulously recreate his Tehran apartment’s facade, interior architecture, and all of his personal possessions. From his soap dish to his furniture, everything in The Other Apartment has been purchased, altered, or entirely fabricated to replicate what exists in Kashani’s apartment.


About Sohrab Kashani

Sohrab Kashani is an artist and curator based in Tehran. Kashani is the founder and director of Sazmanab, a non-profit art space in Tehran. As an artist his work centers around forming and reimagining identities and examining our notions of reality. His collaborative projects often carve wormholes throughout the world and connect people across the globe. Selected exhibitions include “Alter Heroes Coalition”, Mimosa House, London (2018); “Encyclonospace Iranica”, Access Gallery, Vancouver (2013); Iran via Video Current”, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York (2011); “Trade Routes”, Pi Artworks, Istanbul (2011). His work has been covered internationally by The Guardian, Reuters, Le Monde, artnet, and more.




About Jon Rubin

Jon Rubin is an interdisciplinary artist who creates interventions into public life that re-imagine individual, group and institutional behavior. He has exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Mercosul Biennial, Brazil; the Shanghai Biennial; the Carnegie International, The Lyon Biennale; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; as well as in backyards, in living rooms, and on street corners. Jon is an Associate Professor and Graduate Director in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University.



About Joseph Del Pesco

Joseph del Pesco is a curator, writer and publisher. Since 2009 he’s been Director, and in 2016 became International Director of KADIST (Paris & San Francisco). At KADIST in San Francisco del Pesco established a fast-paced program that positioned art as a vehicle for discussion about global social and political issues. Previously he was adjunct curator at Artists Space (NYC), a fellow at the Banff Centre and assistant curator at the UC Davis Museum. He’s organized exhibitions, projects and publications at The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Temple Contemporary, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, among others.



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