Sohrab Kashani

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Sohrab Kashani (Persian: سهراب کاشانی‎) is a multi-disciplinary artist and an art curator living and working in Tehran, Iran.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11]
Kashani is the founding director and curator of not-for-profit art center, Sazmanab Center for Contemporary Art and co-director of Ab/Anbar, Tehran art gallery focused on Iranian contemporary art. He also runs Iranian video art and experimental film archive, Tehran Video Forum.[12][13][14][15]

Curatorial activities[edit]

Exhibitions curated[edit]


  • Sohrab Kashani, Lost & Found in Tehran: Contemporary Iranian Video, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio, United States.[16]
  • Sohrab Kashani, Subjective Truth from Iran, Center for Contemporary Art Tbilisi (CCA-T), Tbilisi, Georgia.[17][18]
  • Sohrab Kashani and Sandra Skurvida, Still Lives and Selected Acts, Dastan's Basement, Tehran, Iran.


  • Sohrab Kashani and Jon Rubin, The Tehran/Pittsburgh YouTube Mix, Sazmanab Projects, Tehran, Iran.[19][20]

Sazmanab Center for Contemporary Art[edit]

Sazmanab was established in 2009 by Sohrab Kashani and was originally based in Sadeghiyeh in the Western part of Tehran. At the time, Sazmanab was located in a small apartment, directly across the street from Tehran’s Department of Water for the Sadeghiyeh district. Sazmanab focused on site-specific work that was localized and in 2009 it expanded into a fully functioning project space where a variety of events and activities were held in collaboration with local artists and curators.[21][22][23][24]
Sazmanab continued to work towards its mission in 2010 by renovating the workspace. Shortly after the refurbishment, Sazmanab expanded in order to begin its residency program. While some resident artists were housed in the building where Sazmanab was located, other resident artists were provided with living and working space in other areas of Tehran.
Since its official founding in 2009 and throughout 2011 and 2012 Sazmanab has continued to focus on relationships with other institutions, museums, galleries, and curators.
In early 2014, Sazmanab began the relocation process to an old building on Khaghani Street near Darvaze Dolat in downtown Tehran. This area of the city is especially vibrant due to the large number of college campuses and the variety of galleries and museums. In addition, shops where craftsmen are engaged in traditional craftsmanship dominate the streets around Sazmanab.
The three-story brick building which now houses Sazmanab Center for Contemporary Art has a traditional Ab-Anbar, which used to serve as a cistern or water reservoir. Housed within the Sazmanab building, Ab/Anbar functions as an independent gallery space representing contemporary Iranian art.


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  2. ^ Sandra Skurvida (29 January 2013). "WHO, BY WHOM, AND FOR WHOM: PRESENTATION OF CONTEMPORARY ART IN IRAN AND REPRESENTATIONS OF THE ART OF IRAN ELSEWHERE". Interventions Journal. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Saeed Kamali Dehghan (31 October 2013). "Iran's artists warn US and European sanctions are affecting their work". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Naveed Mansoori and Mohammad Salemy (9 March 2014). "Accelerating Beyond “Iran”?". Ajam Media Collective. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Mehdi Moghimnejad (18 March 2010). "Strangers behind the looking glass". The Daily Star. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Ella Morton (31 October 2013). "Dining with the Enemy: Pittsburgh's Conflict Kitchen Serves up Food and Politics". The Slate. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  7. ^ Jatin Gandhi (3 July 2010). "Conflict Cuisine". Open Magazine. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
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  21. ^ Hamed Aleaziz (7 July 2010). "Cooking Up a Dialogue". PBS. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  22. ^ Doreen Mende (12 January 2014). "A Postcard from Tehran". Manifesta Journal. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  23. ^ Daria Kirsanova (21 January 2013). "Postcard from Tehran". Frieze Publishing. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  24. ^ Daria Kirsanova (9 January 2013). "Paradox of Tehran". Art Fridge. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 

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