The Other Apartment 2019

Sohrab Kashani and Jon Rubin
Factory Installed 2020: September 27, 2019 – November 29, 2020

The Other Apartment is a collaborative project between Pittsburgh-based artist Jon Rubin and Tehran-based artist Sohrab Kashani that occurs in two sites simultaneously The...


The Other Apartment is a collaborative project between Pittsburgh-based artist Jon Rubin and Tehran-based artist Sohrab Kashani that occurs in two sites simultaneously. The work features a dual site-specific space: Kashani’s apartment in Tehran, Iran, and an exact replica of that apartment and all of its contents — using a team of fabricators, handmade reproductions, and 3D printing — at the Mattress Factory Museum in Pittsburgh. For the past 11 years, Kashani has used his apartment as a space for exhibiting contemporary art and as an artist residency, one of the first of its kind in the country. When the two apartments are activated in the US and Iran, The Other Apartment will house concurrent art ventures, producing exhibitions, programs and events — in each case, every object, video and performance that happens in one space is meticulously duplicated for the other.

Sohrab Kashani and Jon Rubin
Sohrab Kashani
Jon Rubin
About the Artist

Sohrab Kashani (Iranian, b. 1989) 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.

Jon Rubin (American, b. 1963) is an interdisciplinary artist who creates interventions into public life that re-imagine individual, group and institutional behavior. His projects include starting a radio station in an abandoned neighborhood that only plays the sound of an extinct bird and operating a restaurant that produces a live video talk show with its customers. He has exhibited at galleries around the world, including The Guggenheim Museum, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Mercosul Biennial, Brazil; The Shanghai Biennial; Anyang Public Art Project, Korea; The Parkingallery, Tehran, Iran; as well as in backyards, living rooms, and street corners. Rubin is a recipient of the Creative Capital Award and a recent finalist for the International Award for Participatory Art. He is an Associate Professor and Graduate Director in the School of Art Carnegie Mellon University.

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