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A must see exhibition that brings forth some of Iran’s most influential literature to the eyes of the international community; Sussan Deyhims solo exhibition titled Dawn of the Cold Season is now on display at the Shulamit Gallery in Venice, California.
The multi faceted event transforms the gallery into a giant instillation piece featuring live performance, music and vocals which were collaborated on between the artist and Golden Globe winning composer Richard Horowitz, and photographs from Deyhims rendition of the famous poems and writings of one of Iran’s most famous literary heroines Forough Farrokhzad. Farrokhzad’s works deal with the themes of beauty, age, and the fleeting and unavoidable presence of time. Deyhim felt a connection between her and the works of the young poet; she saw a lot of herself in Farrokhzad and the similar life they chose to lead as young Iranian female artists.
For me, the most inspiring aspect of this project is the opportunity to introduce the great work and sensibility of an Iranian female icon to the international community. Many Iranian intellectuals consider Forough a cultural godmother of modernist literature in Iran, but she died so young (at the age of 32) that I also think of her as our cultural daughter. A rebel with a cause, Forough spoke with awe-inspiring rawness and maturity. She was an existentialist, feminist provocateur. She was Iran’s Simone de Beauvoir, Frida Kahlo, Maya Deren and Patty Smith all rolled into one. Her work has given me the inspiration to continue my own artistic journey during my 30 years in exile from Iran.”
This one of a kind exhibition will take place over a span of multiple events that should not be missed. The exhibit is in place from November 15th to January 10th at Shulamit Gallery. Additionally, the artist herself will be in the gallery on December 11th from 7 – 9 PM to do a live performance of her work AND lucky for us, celebrated art critic Peter Frank will be holding an Art Talk at the gallery on December 13th at 4 PM.
If that wasn’t enough, due to the generous grant from the esteemed Farhang Foundation which gives support to Iranian artists, Sussan Deyhim will also be doing a once in a lifetime theatre performance of this work at the Royce Hall, CAP UCLA on January 23rd 2015. Do not miss the opportunity to see this revolutionary work performed in front of a live audience!