Jon Rubin and Sohrab Kashani Premiere The Other Apartment
Jon Rubin, based in Pittsburgh, and Sohrab Kashani, based in Tehran, have a history of creating artworks that challenge social impasses and connect people across cultures. In the Creative Capital Project, The Other Apartment, the two artists worked from detailed photographs taken by Kashani—who is not able to travel to the US due to the current travel ban—to meticulously recreate his Tehran apartment and all of his personal possessions at the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh. Kashani has used his apartment in Tehran as a space for exhibiting contemporary art and as an artist residency. From September 2019 through July 2020, Kashani and Rubin will operate the two spaces as one in The Other Apartment—producing exhibitions, programs, and events where every object, video, and performance that happens in one space is reproduced for the other, keeping both apartments identical across the 6,300 miles that separate them.