Sussan Deyhim, performance artist/vocalist and composer presents her latest work, inspired by the life and poetry of Forough Farrokhzad, one of Iran's most influential feminist poets and filmmakers of the 20th Century.
“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 Patti 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.”
Deyhim weaves a series of nonlinear tableaux inspired by Forugh’s writings together with archival images and footage, including Forugh’s 1965 interview with Bernardo Bertolucci in Tehran. The House is Black is set to an original score by Deyhim and Golden Globe-winning composer Richard Horowitz. Deyhim’s recent work includes vocals for the soundtrack of the Academy Award winning film Argo, and her longtime collaboration with acclaimed visual artist Shirin Neshat.
Supported by a generous grant from Farhang Foundation, a residency fellowship at the Rauschenberg Residency/Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and supporters of the project’s Indiegogo campaign.
The CAP UCLA presentation of The House is Black is supported in part by the Performing Arts at Royce Endowment.